Mr Benjamin Guggenheim

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Photo: Daily Mirror, April 16, 1912, p.9

Mr Benjamin Guggenheim, 46, of New York, NY boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with his valet Mr Victor Giglio and his "mistress" Mrs Aubart. Guggenheim and Giglio's ticket was 17593 and cost £79 4s (1). Mr Guggenheim's chauffeur Mr René Pernot travelled in second class.

After the collision Bedroom Steward Henry Samuel Etches helped Mr Guggenheim to fit his lifebelt. Ignoring his protestations; "This will hurt", Etches finally managed to get the mining and smelting tycoon into the lifebelt, he then made him put on a thick sweater and sent him up to the Boat Deck. Despite Etches best efforts Guggenheim soon returned to his room (B-84) and changed into his finest evening wear, his valet, Mr Giglio did likewise. He was later heard to remark 'We've dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.'

One of his final acts was to write the following message: 'If anything should happen to me, tell my wife I've done my best in doing my duty.'

Mr Guggenheim, Mr Giglio and Mr Pernot were all lost in the sinking.

Notes
Other sources give the price as £56 18s 7d.

References and Sources
John P. Eaton & Charles A. Haas (1994) Titanic: Triumph & Tragedy, 2nd ed. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1 85260 493 X
Walter Lord (1976) A Night to Remember. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 14 004757 3
Don Lynch & Ken Marschall (1992) Titanic: An Illustrated History. London, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 56271 4

Pictures

Benjamin Guggenheim, photographed by Marceau, New York

(1909) 

BENJAMIN GUGGENHEIM, PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARCEAU, NEW YORK

 
Portraits of famous Titanic passengers

(1912) 

PORTRAITS OF FAMOUS TITANIC PASSENGERS

 
Benjamin Guggenheim

(1912) 

BENJAMIN GUGGENHEIM

 
THE GUGGENHEIM FAMILY

(1907) 

THE GUGGENHEIM FAMILY

 
Benjamin Guggenheim in 1910

(1910) 

BENJAMIN GUGGENHEIM IN 1910

 

Articles and Stories

LIST OF WASHINGTONIANS ON FATED STEAMER GROWS

Washington Times  (1912) 

LIST OF WASHINGTONIANS ON FATED STEAMER GROWS

 
Love Lifts Jail Sentence of Lawrence Vail When Frenchman He Struck Wins His Sister

New York Times  (1926) 

LOVE LIFTS JAIL SENTENCE OF LAWRENCE VAIL WHEN FRENCHMAN HE STRUCK WINS HIS SISTER

 
LAWRENCE VAIL WEDS WRITER IN NICE, FRANCE

New York Times  (1932) 

LAWRENCE VAIL WEDS WRITER IN NICE, FRANCE

 
Mrs. Benjamin Guggenheim Receives Husband' Last Message From Titanic Survivor

Chicago Record-Herald  (1912) 

MRS. BENJAMIN GUGGENHEIM RECEIVES HUSBAND' LAST MESSAGE FROM TITANIC SURVIVOR

 
Benjamin Guggenheim Elected President

New York Times  (1912) 

BENJAMIN GUGGENHEIM ELECTED PRESIDENT

 
BIG ASTOR TAX FOR STATE

New York Times  (1912) 

BIG ASTOR TAX FOR STATE

 
The Strange Mysteries of  Movie Maker William Harbeck

THE STRANGE MYSTERIES OF MOVIE MAKER WILLIAM HARBECK

 
GUGGENHEIM ESTATE VALUED AT $3,551,994

New York Times  (1916) 

GUGGENHEIM ESTATE VALUED AT $3,551,994

 
GUGGENHEIM HEIRESS LOST

New York Times  (1915) 

GUGGENHEIM HEIRESS LOST

 
MRS. GUGGENHEIM'S DANCE

New York Times  (1911) 

MRS. GUGGENHEIM'S DANCE

 
PEARLS WORTH $5,000 LOST

New York Times  (1921) 

PEARLS WORTH $5,000 LOST

 
EDWARD MAYER IS DEAD

New York Times  (1955) 

EDWARD MAYER IS DEAD

 
YOUNG VAIL SENTENCED TO PRISON IN CAPRI

New York Times  (1923) 

YOUNG VAIL SENTENCED TO PRISON IN CAPRI

 
Lost in the Titanic

News of the World  (1912) 

LOST IN THE TITANIC

 
2 GUGGENHEIM HEIRS WILL BE BURIED TODAY

New York Times  (1928) 

2 GUGGENHEIM HEIRS WILL BE BURIED TODAY

 
Senator Guggenheim Goes to New York To Meet Carpathia

Washington Times  (1912) 

SENATOR GUGGENHEIM GOES TO NEW YORK TO MEET CARPATHIA

 
Miss Benita R. Guggenheim Marries Lieut. E. B. Mayer

New York Times  (1919) 

MISS BENITA R. GUGGENHEIM MARRIES LIEUT. E. B. MAYER

 
WALDMANS SEEK DIVORCE

New York Times  (1929) 

WALDMANS SEEK DIVORCE

 
SUES FOR LIFE PENSION

New York Times  (1915) 

SUES FOR LIFE PENSION

 
Peggy Guggenheim Is Dead at 81; Known for Modern Art Collection

New York Times  (1979) 

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM IS DEAD AT 81; KNOWN FOR MODERN ART COLLECTION

 
Tell Them No Woman Died Because I Was Coward ---Guggenheim

Washington Times  (1912) 

TELL THEM NO WOMAN DIED BECAUSE I WAS COWARD ---GUGGENHEIM

 
GUGGENHEIM, DYING, SENT WIFE MESSAGE

New York Times  (1912) 

GUGGENHEIM, DYING, SENT WIFE MESSAGE

 
CHANGE FATAL TO GUGGENHEIM

New York Times  (1912) 

CHANGE FATAL TO GUGGENHEIM

 
Guggenheim Legacy Unclaimed

New York Times  (1919) 

GUGGENHEIM LEGACY UNCLAIMED

 
DEATH OF BOYS HELD ACCIDENT BY NORRIS

New York Times  (1928) 

DEATH OF BOYS HELD ACCIDENT BY NORRIS

 
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