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Alexander Mendelssohn

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Death: Died in Berlin, Germany
Place of Burial: Schoenhauser, Allee, Berlin, 175/W3
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph I Mendelssohn and Henriette Hinni Mendelssohn
Husband of Marianne Mendelssohn
Father of Marie Josephine Warschauer (Mendelssohn); Margarethe Anna Henrietta Oppenheim (Mendelssohn); Hermann Joseph Mendelssohn; Adolf George Mendelssohn; Paul Alexander Franz* von Mendelssohn and 3 others
Brother of Georg Benjamin Mendelssohn and Eleanor Mendelssohn

Occupation: Bankier
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Alexander Mendelssohn

Birth: Sep. 19, 1798

   Berlin-Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Death: Oct. 25, 1871

   Berlin-Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Financier. As head of the Berlin-based Mendelssohn & Co. from 1848 until his death, he built it into Germany's most important private bank of the late 19th Century. The son of the firm's founder, Joseph Mendelssohn, he was born in Berlin into a distinguished family. His grandfather was German-Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, and his cousins included composers Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn. After studying banking and economics, he joined Mendelssohn & Co. in 1822 and became its senior partner upon his father's death. Mendelssohn increased the company's international standing by focusing on doing business with Russia. As Royal Bankers to The Czars from the 1850s, they represented that country's financial interests not only in Berlin but throughout Central Europe, where they dominated the market for Russian sovereign bonds. Both the Russian and Prussian governments decorated him for his services. Like his father, Mendelssohn bucked the family trend of converting to Christianity. He established several Jewish philanthropic organizations and appealed to the Prussian rulers for religious tolerance. But he had his children baptized, and when he died he was the last descendent of Moses Mendelssohn who was a practicing Jew. Mendelssohn & Co. survived the loss of its Russian business in World War I and remained solvent through the postwar and Great Depression years. It was shut down by the Nazis in 1938. (bio by: Bobb Edwards)


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 Parents:
     Joseph Mendelssohn (1770 - 1848)

Burial:

   Jüdischer Friedhof Prenzlauer Berg 
   Prenzlauer Berg
   Pankow
   Berlin, Germany
   Plot: Mendelssohn Plot

Maintained by: Find A Grave Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards Record added: Nov 06, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 79977354

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Alexander Mendelssohn's Timeline

1798
September 19, 1798
Berlin, Germany
1821
1821
Age 22
Berlin, Germany
1822
April 20, 1822
Age 23
1823
April 17, 1823
Age 24
Berlin, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
1824
August 2, 1824
Age 25
Berlin, Germany
1826
August 18, 1826
Age 27
Berlin, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
1829
January 25, 1829
Age 30
Berlin, Germany
1831
April 22, 1831
Age 32
Berlin, Germany
1833
August 7, 1833
Age 34
Berlin, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen
1840
July 24, 1840
Age 41
Berlin, Germany