Benjamin Guggenheim (1865 - 1912) MP

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Nicknames: "Gugenheim"
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Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: Died in At sea on the Titanic
Cause of death: Drowned in the sinking of the RMS Titanic
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About Benjamin Guggenheim

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Guggenheim

Benjamin Guggenheim (October 26, 1865-April 15, 1912) was an American businessman. He died aboard RMS Titanic when the ship sank near Cape Race, Newfoundland. -------------------- Benjamin Guggenheim (October 26, 1865-April 15, 1912) was an American businessman. He died aboard RMS Titanic when the ship sank near Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Contents

   * 1 Early life
   * 2 Aboard the Titanic
   * 3 Legacy in popular culture
   * 4 See also
   * 5 References
   * 6 External links and references
Early life

Benjamin Guggenheim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fifth of seven sons of the wealthy mining magnate Meyer Guggenheim (1828-1905) and Barbara Myers (1834-1900). In 1894, he married Florette Seligman (1870-1937),[1] daughter of James Seligman, a senior partner in the firm J & W Seligman, and Rosa Seligman née Content. They had three daughters: Benita Rosalind Guggenheim (1895-1927), Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim (1898-1979) and Barbara Hazel Guggenheim (1903-1995).

While Guggenheim inherited a great deal of money from his father, he did not inherit his father's business acumen. His inheritance dwindled considerably from a number of poor investments. He grew distant from his wife and, ostensibly for business reasons, was frequently away from their New York City home. He maintained an apartment in Paris, France.

[edit] Aboard the Titanic

Guggenheim boarded the RMS Titanic and was accompanied by his mistress, a French singer named Madame Léontine Aubart (1887-1964); his valet, Victor Giglio (1888-1912); his chauffeur, René Pernot (1872-1912); and Madame Aubart's maid, Emma Sägesser (1887-1964). His ticket was number 17593 and cost £79 4s (other sources give the price as £56 18s 7d). He and Giglio occupied stateroom cabin B82 while Aubart and Sägesser occupied cabin B35. Pernot occupied an unknown cabin in second class.

Guggenheim and Giglio slept through the Titanic's encounter with the iceberg only to be awakened just after midnight ship's time by Aubart and Sägesser, who had felt the collision. Sägesser later quoted Giglio as saying, "Never mind, icebergs! What is an iceberg?" Guggenheim was persuaded to awaken and dress; Bedroom Steward Henry Samuel Etches helped him on with a lifebelt and a heavy sweater before sending him, Giglio, and the two ladies up to the Boat Deck.

As Aubart and Sägesser reluctantly entered Lifeboat No. 9, Guggenheim spoke to the maid in German, saying, "We will soon see each other again! It's just a repair. Tomorrow the Titanic will go on again". Realizing that the situation was much more serious than he had implied, as well as realizing he was not going to be rescued, he then returned to his cabin with Giglio and the two men changed into evening wear. He was later heard to remark, "We've dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen." He also gave a survivor a message saying,"Tell my wife, if it should happen that my secretary and I both go down, tell her I played the game out straight to the end. No woman shall be left aboard this ship because Ben Guggenheim is a coward." Guggenheim, his valet Victor Giglio, and his chauffeur René Pernot were lost in the disaster. Their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.

Legacy in popular culture

Benjamin Guggenheim was one of the most prominent American victims of the Titanic disaster. As such, he has been a character in the numerous movies and television series depicting the sinking. In the 1997 film Titanic, in which he is portrayed by Michael Ensign, depicts Guggenheim being trapped in the flooding Grand Staircase aboard the ship.

He was played by Camillo Guercio (in an uncredited role) in the 1953 movie of the same name and by Harold Goldblatt in A Night to Remember. John Moffatt played him in 1979's S.O.S. Titanic for television.

Guggenheim is possibly the inspiration for the character in the Italian animated series Huntik: Secrets & Seekers, the character in which shares the same name.

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Benjamin Guggenheim's Timeline

1865
October 26, 1865
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1870
1870
Age 4
Philadelphia Ward 20 Dist 65 (2nd Enum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1880
1880
Age 14
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1880
Age 14
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1880
Age 14
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1880
Age 14
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1894
1894
Age 28
1895
December 10, 1895
Age 30
New York, New York, New York, United States,
1898
August 26, 1898
Age 32
New York, New York, New York, United States,
1900
1900
Age 34
Manhattan, New York, New York