Johann Wilhelm Weinmann

Johann Wilhelm WeinmannJohann Wilhelm Weinmann, pharmacist and botanist, was born on March 13, 1683 at Gardelegen, Germany, the son of a barber, Matthias Christian Weinmann. Little is known about his early life, but he settled in Regensburg in 1710 as a pharmacist’s assistant in a local apothecary shop.

He later made the claim that he had worked with physicians and apothecaries in many German towns and that all of them would give favorable testimonials in his behalf. What is certain is that Weinmann’s fortunes developed rapidly in Regensburg. In 1712, he was able, with his fiancée, to purchase a house and apothecary shop; his bride, Isabella Catharina Fürst, was the daughter of a well-to-do wine merchant. In 1732, two years after the death of his first wife, Weinmann married Christine Catharina Pfaffenreuther, the daughter of a town official, and was able to purchase a bankrupt pharmacy business which he soon built up into a thriving concern.

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