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Catalog Number 00148
Object Name Portrait
Description Joseph Theodore Steppan by George Upp. 1855-1943. Soldier, taxidermist, field collector. Born at Staab, Austria, February 22, 1855. Educated at Korneburg Military Academy, Austria, 1867; Academy of War, Vienna, 1872. Lieutenant in Austrian Occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1876. Member of staff of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria; spent two years on a hunting and exploration trip with the Crown Prince in Africa. Commissioned as a lieutenant in Dutch army and was sent to Java. Taught taxidermy at Royal Museum at Rotterdam, where the title of Professor of Taxidermy and Dermoplastic was conferred upon him. Emigrated to the United States, 1886. Employed with Hudson Bay Company, trading in furs with the Indians. Employed for eight years as a taxidermist at the Chicago Academy of Science, and the Columbian Field Musuem, Chicago, and the Public Museum of Milwaukee. Removed to Des Moines, 1910, as Director and Texidermest of the state musuem, Historical Building. Died in Des Moines, February 23, 1945.
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