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Theodor Kleinschmidt
German trader

Theodor Kleinschmidt

Theodor Kleinschmidt
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Intro German trader
Was Economist
From Germany
Field Finance
Gender male
Birth 6 March 1834, Wolfhagen
Death 10 April 1881, Bismarck Archipelago (aged 47 years)
Star sign Pisces
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Theodor Kleinschmidt (6 March 1834 in Wolfhagen – 10 April 1881 in Utuaia, Bismarck Archipelago) was a German trader, explorer and naturalist.
Kleinschmidt studied commerce and went to the United States of America in 1843. He launched out in business in Saint Louis (Missouri) but went bankrupt and had to leave for Australia then on to Fiji to flee his creditors. But his trade with the natives was not brilliant, in particular because of the economic crisis of 1874. The Museum Godeffroy of Hamburg then offered a new opportunity to him. The institution charged him with collecting natural history specimens, fauna and flora, in the Solomon Islands and New Hebrides, territories largely unexplored hitherto. He was assassinated by natives in 1881. He was the uncle of the priest and ornithologist Otto Kleinschmidt (1870–1954).
The pink-billed parrotfinch (Erythrura kleinschmidti) was named in his honour by Otto Finsch.


  • Walther Killy (Hersg.): Enzyklopädie der Biographien. Saur Verlag, München, 2000

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