August Abendroth was the eldest on nine children of the Hamburg senator (and later mayor) Amandus Augustus Abendroth from his marriage to Johanna Magdalena von Reck. August's younger brother Carl Eduard Abendroth would become a Member of the Hamburg Parliament.
Like his father, August studied legal science and worked as a lawyer in Hamburg. In 1822 he became one of the 30 founding members of the Hamburg Art Association, the organisation that founded the Kunsthalle Hamburg. He also promoted the Home mission. He even participated in promoting railways and building sites.
In 1837 he bought the largely unused Uhlenhorst area for 70,000 Bank Marks (106500 Mark Courant) at auction and began work on the drainage and subdivision. This was essential for building the new Uhlenhorst district. After his death, his widow bequeathed a portion of his private book collection to the city library, and a Uhlenhorst street is named after him.
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- Geschichtswerkstatt St Gertrud, Geschichte von Uhlenhorst und Hohenfelde, im Netz 21. January 2009
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