Anna Henriette Gossler

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Anna Henriette Gossler
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Born(1771-11-07)November 7, 1771
DiedAugust 2, 1836(1836-08-02) (aged 64)
Spouse(s)Ludwig Erdwin Seyler

Anna Henriette Gossler (born 7 November 1771 in Hamburg, died 2 August 1836 in Hamburg) was a Hamburg banker, heiress and socialite.


The coat of arms of the Gossler family; the version adopted by her father in 1773 to the left; the version used from the early 19th century to the right

Anna Henriette Gossler, who went by the name of Henriette, was a member of the Hanseatic Berenberg/Gossler banking family, arguably the most prominent family of the then independent city-state of Hamburg alongside the related Amsinck family. She was the oldest daughter of the bankers Johann Hinrich Gossler and Elisabeth Berenberg, owners of Berenberg Bank, which had been founded by her family in 1590. On 20 May 1788, she married her father's employee Ludwig Erdwin Seyler, who immediately was made a partner in the bank and remained so until his death nearly half a century later. After the death of her father in 1790 her husband became head of the company. Particularly in the years around the Napoleonic Wars she and her husband played prominent roles in Hamburg high society and politics, and Berenberg Bank was headquartered in their private home.[1][2][3][4][5]

She was the older sister of Hamburg senator Johann Heinrich Gossler and the aunt of Hamburg First Mayor (head of state) Hermann Gossler. Her father-in-law was the theatre principal Abel Seyler, the leading patron of German theatre in the late 18th century. Her youngest daughter Henriette Seyler was married to the Norwegian industrialist Benjamin Wegner.[2]



  1. ^ Obituary, Hamburger Nachrichten, 12 August 1836, p. 5
  2. ^ a b Percy Ernst Schramm (1963), Neun Generationen: Dreihundert Jahre deutscher Kulturgeschichte im Lichte der Schicksale einer Hamburger Bürgerfamilie (1648–1948). Göttingen. Volume I
  3. ^ A. Leesenberg, "Genealogie der Familie Gossler," Vierteljahrsschrift für Heraldik, Sphragistik und Genealogie, IX, pp. 17–25, Carl Heymann's Verlag, Berlin, 1881
  4. ^ Clarita Bernstorff, Hartwig Bernstorff, Emanuel Eckardt, Change is the only constant: Berenberg; a history of one of the world's oldest banks, Hanser Literaturverlage, 336 pages, ISBN 978-1-56990-601-9
  5. ^ Percy Ernst Schramm: "Kaufleute während Besatzung, Krieg und Belagerung (1806–1815); der Hamburger Handel in der Franzosenzeit, dargestellt an Hand von Firmen- und Familienpapieren." In Tradition: Zeitschrift für Firmengeschichte und Unternehmerbiographie, vol. 4, no 1 (February 1959), pp. 1–22. "II. Teil." In vol. 4, no. 2 (April 1959), pp. 88–114