Phillip Darrell Duppa

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Phillip Darrell Duppa
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"Lord" Phillip Darrell Duppa
Born October 9, 1832
Kent, England
Died January 30, 1892(1892-01-30) (aged 59)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Phillip Darrell Duppa (October 9, 1832 – January 30, 1892) was a pioneer in the settlement of Arizona prior to its statehood.

Early life[edit]

Duppa, who called himself Lord Darrell Duppa, was born in Kent, England in 1832. He attended Cambridge University and learned the classics and five languages.[1]

He stated that he had been shipwrecked and wandered through South America for some time before reaching North America and Prescott, Arizona in 1863. He told John G. Bourke that he had been born at Marseilles and his family served in the diplomatic service.[1]

Having made friends with Jack Swilling, and realizing the value of land, drilling, and canal building, he moved to the future site of Phoenix, Arizona with Swilling in 1867. Duppa built one of the oldest homes in Phoenix in 1870. He later died in Phoenix in 1892, at the age of 59. He is buried at the small Pioneer and Military Memorial Park a few blocks from the state Capitol.


Duppa is recognized as one of the founders of Phoenix, Arizona, with his friend Jack Swilling - and eventually built a ranch north of Phoenix. Phoenix was founded in 1868 (and later incorporated in 1881), and the name proposed by Duppa related back to the story of the mythical Phoenix's rebirth from the ashes. The basis being the rebirth of a city of canals, rebuilt on the site of the ancient Hohokam canal systems that dated back to about 700-1400 AD.[1]

He is credited for naming nearby Tempe after the Vale of Tempe in Greece.[2]

Duppa founded New River, north of Phoenix as a stagecoach stop.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Thrapp, Dan L. (1991). Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography: A-F. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 434–435. ISBN 0-8032-9418-2. 
  2. ^ Blanton, Shirley R. (2007). Tempe. Arcadia Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7385-4888-3. 
  3. ^ Stansfield, Charles A. (January 2010). Haunted Arizona: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Grand Canyon State. Stackpole Books. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-8117-3620-6. 

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