Meyer Guggenheim

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Meyer Guggenheim
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Born(1828-02-01)February 1, 1828
Lengnau, Aargau, Switzerland[1]
DiedMarch 15, 1905(1905-03-15) (aged 77)
Palm Beach, Florida, United States[1]
Known forGuggenheim family
ChildrenIsaac Guggenheim
Daniel Guggenheim
Murry Guggenheim
Solomon R. Guggenheim
Simon Guggenheim
Benjamin Guggenheim
William Guggenheim
Jeanette Guggenheim
Rose Guggenheim
Cora Guggenheim

Meyer Guggenheim (February 1, 1828 – March 15, 1905)[1] was the patriarch of what became known as the Guggenheim family.


He was born in Lengnau, Aargau, Switzerland on February 1, 1828. He was of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and emigrated to the United States in 1847.[1] He started out in the importing business, but made his and his family's fortune (which was one of the largest fortunes of the 19th century) in mining and smelting.

Guggenheim invested in silver mines of the Leadville mining district of Colorado. From mining he expanded into ore smelting, also in Colorado, then built a number of smelters across the US and in northern Mexico. As his sons grew up, they took leading roles in the family mining and smelting business.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Guggenheim and his wife Barbara had ten surviving children. Five of his seven sons were active in the family businesses:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Meyer Guggenheim". Encyclopedia. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  2. ^ National Mining Hall of Fame, Meyer Guggenheim, accessed 13 January 2014

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