Benjamin Guggenheim

Benjamin Guggenheim

Mr Benjamin Guggenheim, 46, was born on 26 October 1865 in New York, the son of Meyer Guggenheim and his wife Barbara (née Myers).

He married Florette J. Seligman on 24 October 1894 and they had three daughters, Benita Rosalind (1895-1927), Marguerite "Peggy" (1898-1979) and Barbara Hazel (1903-1995).

Guggenheim boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with his valet Victor Giglio and his "mistress" Mrs Aubart. Guggenheim and Giglio's ticket was 17593 and cost £79 4s1. Mr Guggenheim's chauffeur 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-82) 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.'

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

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. His mistress Mme Aubart and her maid survived.

In later life Guggenheim's widow became increasingly eccentric, she died in 1937.  Guggenheim's middle daughter Peggy became a noted art collector founding a world-famous art gallery in Venice.

Notes

  1. 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

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Newspaper Articles

Munsey's Magazine THE GUGGENHEIM FAMILY
New York Times (25 October 1894) Guggenheim-Seligman
New York Times (1 January 1904) GUGGENHEIM IN MINING CO.
New York Times (3 June 1908) GUGGENHEIM CHANGE OF FAITH
New York Times (21 October 1909) EXTENDING PUMP CO. PLANTS
New York Times (12 May 1910) STEAM PUMP HAS GOOD YEAR
New York Times (25 December 1911) MRS. GUGGENHEIM'S DANCE
New York Times (16 April 1912) Benjamin Guggenheim Elected President
Washington Times (16 April 1912) LIST OF WASHINGTONIANS ON FATED STEAMER GROWS
Washington Times (16 April 1912) Senator Guggenheim Fearful That His Brother is Dead
Unidentified Newspaper (17 April 1912) Benjamin Guggenheim
Daily Home News (17 April 1912) JERSEY PEOPLE WHO HAD RELATIVES ON BOARD
New York Times (17 April 1912) Not Boats Enough (says Mrs. Guggenheim)
Excelsior (17 April 1912) Portraits of famous Titanic passengers
Washington Times (17 April 1912) Senator Guggenheim Goes to New York To Meet Carpathia
New York Times (19 April 1912) CHANGE FATAL TO GUGGENHEIM
New York Times (20 April 1912) GUGGENHEIM, DYING, SENT WIFE MESSAGE
Washington Times (20 April 1912) Tell Them No Woman Died Because I Was Coward ---Guggenheim
Chicago Record-Herald (21 April 1912) Guggenheim's last words conveyed by steward
News of the World (21 April 1912) Lost in the Titanic
Hays, Head, Stead, Straus, Guggenheim
New York Times (21 April 1912) TRIBUTE TO STRAUS PAID IN SYNAGOGUES
New York Times (8 May 1912) Memorial Notice (5)
New York Times (3 July 1912) BIG ASTOR TAX FOR STATE
New York Times (28 January 1913) SUES GUGGENHEIM ESTATE
New York Times (11 August 1913) $4,427,608 ESTIMATE OF STRAUS ESTATE
New York Times (16 October 1913) GUGGENHEIM TAX $30,000
New York Times (24 June 1915) GUGGENHEIM HEIRESS LOST
New York Times (10 August 1915) SUES FOR LIFE PENSION
New York Times (13 November 1915) MRS. LURATI WINS POINT
New York Times (18 January 1916) GUGGENHEIM ESTATE VALUED AT $3,551,994
New York Times (30 June 1918) Files Guggenheim Report
New York Times (18 May 1919) Miss Benita R. Guggenheim Marries Lieut. E. B. Mayer
New York Times (29 October 1919) Guggenheim Legacy Unclaimed
New York Times (18 April 1921) PEARLS WORTH $5,000 LOST
New York Times (3 June 1921) Miss Guggenheim to Wed June 20
New York Times (21 June 1921) Kempner-Guggenheim
New York Times (12 December 1922) MISS GUGGENHEIM, DIVORCEE, TO WED
New York Times (19 October 1923) YOUNG VAIL SENTENCED TO PRISON IN CAPRI
New York Times (30 December 1926) Love Lifts Jail Sentence of Lawrence Vail When Frenchman He Struck Wins His Sister
New York Times (22 July 1927) Mrs. Edward B. Mayer
New York Times (20 October 1928) 2 GUGGENHEIM HEIRS DIE IN 13-STORY FALL
New York Times (21 October 1928) 2 GUGGENHEIM HEIRS WILL BE BURIED TODAY
New York Times (23 October 1928) POLICE ACT TO SIFT WALDMAN DEATHS
New York Times (23 October 1928) POLICE ACT TO SIFT WALDMAN DEATHS (1)
New York Times (24 October 1928) WALDMAN DEATHS AGAIN HELD ACCIDENT
New York Times (25 October 1928) DEATH OF BOYS HELD ACCIDENT BY NORRIS
New York Times (28 October 1928) STORY OF BOYS' FALL AS TOLD BY MOTHER
New York Times (28 November 1929) WALDMANS SEEK DIVORCE
New York Times (26 February 1930) MRS. M. S. WALDMAN WINS PARIS DIVORCE
New York Times (17 January 1932) MARION SCRANTON MARRIED
New York Times (3 April 1932) LAWRENCE VAIL WEDS WRITER IN NICE, FRANCE
New York Times (16 November 1937) MRS. B. GUGGENHEIM SUCCUMBS HERE AT 66
New York Times (7 December 1937) GUGGENHEIM WILL FILED
New York Times (1 October 1943) GUGGENHEIM HEIRESS WED TO CORPORAL
New York Times (11 June 1955) EDWARD MAYER IS DEAD
New York Times (24 December 1979) Peggy Guggenheim Is Dead at 81; Known for Modern Art Collection
New York Times (4 August 1987) S. Marshall Kempner Dead; Longtime Investment Banker

Images

Benjamin Guggenheim, photographed by Marceau, New York
(1910) Benjamin Guggenheim in 1910

Miscellaneous

(1912) Mme. Aubart: Luxury Lost
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