(1867 - 1941)
Simon Guggenheim was born in Philadelphia, PA, on
December 30, 1867. He attended the public schools of Philadelphia and
Pierce Business School before going to Europe for two years to study
languages. Guggenheim engaged in the mining and smelting business in
the United States and Mexico; moved to Pueblo, Colo., in 1888 as chief
ore buyer for M. Guggenheim’s Sons, and became associated with
his brothers in the management of the Philadelphia Smelting & Refining
Co. Guggenheim moved to Denver in 1892 and was later elected as a Republican
to the United States Senate, serving from March 4, 1907, to March 3,
1913. He chose not to run for reelection and moved to New York in 1913.
Guggenheim was a member and, later, chairman of the board of the American
Smelting & Refining Co. He was elected president of that company
in 1919. In 1925, Guggenheim established in memory of his son, the John
Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for scholarships for advanced study
abroad. He remained active in financial interests until his death in
New York City on November 2, 1941.
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