William F. Nast
|William F. Nast|
|Born||William Frederick Nast
June 14, 1840
|Occupation||American attache, railroad executive and inventor|
|Spouse(s)||Esther A. Benoist|
|Children||Louis, Condé, Ethel, and Estelle|
Nast was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 14, 1840, the son of Methodist religious leader William Nast. From 1861 to 1865 he served at the American Consulate in Stuttgart, Germany. Upon his return to the United States, Nast entered the brokerage business in New York, New York.
On September 2, 1868, Nast became president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, a position he held for less than a month, ending on September 24, 1868.
While living in Europe, William Nast filed for several invention patents, including one for "improvements in the treatment of stable manure, and in the manufacture of paper" on July 6, 1876, awarded February 22, 1878, and one for "improvements in the manufacture of dextrine, sugar and the like, from cellulose and ligneous materials" on November 4, 1880, and US 374618 "Obtaining ammonia from manure", awarded on December 13, 1887.
- Various dates and other biographical information in this article are drawn from Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography 1887-89.
- Wittke (1959), p. 197.
- "Husband and Wife Reunited". New York Times. October 14, 1890. p. 3.
- "(untitled public notices)" (PDF). The London Gazette. February 22, 1878. p. 886.
- Commission for Patents (1881), p. 1008.
- "U.S. patent 374,618". Google Patent Search. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- Wittke (1959), p. 208.
- "William L. Dayton Papers; a finding aid". Princeton University Library. 2002. Retrieved 2005-07-13.
- Waters, Lawrence Leslie (1950). Steel Trails to Santa Fe. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas.
- Wittke, Carl (1959). William Nast: Patriarch of German Methodism. Wayne State University Press.
- Commission for Patents (1881). The Commissioners of Patents' Journal, 1880. II, July to December. London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode.
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