Will Cuppy

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  • ID: I502415727
  • Name: William Jacob (Will) CUPPY
  • Given Name: William Jacob (Will)
  • Surname: Cuppy
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Aug. 23, 1884 in Auburn, DeKalb County, IN
  • Death: Sept. 19, 1949 in New York City; ashes buried Evergreen Cem., Auburn, IN
  • Burial: Ashes buried Evergreen Cemetery, Auburn, IN
  • GRAD: 1902 Auburn High School, Auburn, IN
  • GRAD: Bachelor's degree, Philosophy 1907 University of Chicago
  • GRAD: MA, English Lit. Thesis: Elizabethan Conception of Prose Style 1914 University of Chicago
  • Event: 2nd lt., Army Motor Transport Corps Military Service 1918 U.S.
  • Census: 1910 Chicago, Ward 7, Cook, IL, 935 E. 60th St., Apt. 180.
  • Census: 1930 New York, Manhattan, 6th Assembly Dist., Block H, 130 W. 11th St., Apt. 136
  • Note:
    Known as Will Cuppy. Noted humorist. Author, "Maroon Tales" (1910), "How to be a Hermit" (1929), "How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes" (1931),"How to Become Extinct" (1941), "The Great Bustard and Other People" (1941), "How to Attract the Wombat" (1949), "The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody" (1950) and "How to get From January to December" (1951). Editor, "World's Great Detective Stories" (1943), "World's Great Mystery Stories" (1943), and "Murder Without Tears" (1946). Died in St. Vincent's Hospital, Greenwich Village, NYC, Sept. 19, 1949. Cremated. Ashes returned for burial on grave adjacent to his mother's in NE Quarter of Evergreen Cemetery, Auburn, IN. Grave unmarked until 1985. Boyhood home at 407 S. Jackson St. in Auburn still stands. In Sept. 2003 an asteroid, (15017) Cuppy, was named in his honor by the International Astronomical Union. Compiler is not related to Will Cuppy, but is a local person interested in preserving historical and biographical information about him.

    Miscellaneous: Will played the piano as a young man and is reported in the Auburn Dispatch as having played duets with Aileen Garwood (Auburn High School, Class of 1901) at commencement exercises in 1900 and 1901. He also played a solo at the 1902 exercises. He gave an "oration" that year and at an oratorical contest the previous year.

    Father: Thomas Jefferson CUPPY b: Aug. 3, 1844 in Cleveland Twp., Whitley Co., IN
    Mother: Mary Frances STAHL b: June 12, 1855 in Bluffton, Wells County, IN
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