|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1832|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1892|
"Lord" Darell Duppa, as he was called, was known as an eccentric man with a flair for the dramatic.
Although he wasn't really a nobleman, he came from a well-to-do family and had received a classical education in his native England. Credited with naming both Phoenix and Tempe.
Phoenix, he thought, would rise from the ancient Indian canals like the mythological bird that rose from its ashes. The settlement by the buttes across the Salt River reminded him of the Vale of Tempe in Greece.
Duppa was said to be "hospitable to a fault, and not afraid of man or devil--or Apache Indian".
Reportedly Duppa was an English lord who proved such an embarrassment to his family that he had been exiled to the states. His family members were highly educated and prominent English landowners, but he was no lord. Duppa was fluent in five languages but was said to be hard to understand when he was drunk--which was much of the time--because then he spoke all five languages at the same time.
Duppa was originally buried in the Masonic section only to be moved to Greenwood Cemetery in 1921 by the DAR because "the old cemetery was not being properly maintained". Once Pioneer & Military Memorial Park was established, Duppa's body was returned in 1991, where he was laid to rest for the third, and hopefully final, time on November 16, 1991. His grave is on the walking tour of the Masonic Cemetery.
An English Gentleman
A classical scholar he proposed the names for Phoenix and Tempe based on ancient mythology of gentle birth.
He traveled the world over, living the last of his life in Arizona Territory.
The legend of "Lord Duppa" lives on.
Plot: B20 L2 G6
Created by: Vikki Smothers McInnis S...
Record added: Apr 14, 2006
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