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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Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Photo Library of Congress.