Joseph Mendelssohn

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Joseph Mendelssohn
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Born(1770-08-11)August 11, 1770
DiedNovember 24, 1848(1848-11-24) (aged 78)
Berlin, Prussia

Joseph Mendelssohn (August 11, 1770 – November 24, 1848) was a German Jewish banker.

He was the oldest son of the influential philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. In 1795, he founded his own banking house. In 1804, his younger brother, Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the father of the composers Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, joined the company. The bank Mendelssohn & Co. continued under the control of the Mendelssohn family and would rise to prominence during the 19th century, becoming one of the most important and influential German banks during the early 20th century.


Joseph's descendants include the neurologist Alexander Carl Otto Westphal (1863–1941).

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