Benjamin Seixas Nathan

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About Benjamin Seixas Nathan

Benjamin Nathan (December 20, 1813 – July 28, 1870) was an American investor and philanthropist. He was bludgeoned to death in his home in 1870, and the notorious murder case remains unsolved despite several trials in the years following his death.

He was elected a member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1836, became its vice-president in 1851. He served as a director of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and the Ninth Avenue Street Railway. He also served on the first Board of Directors for Jews' Hospital. He was also President of Shearith Israel.

In 1849 he was promoted to colonel and named aide-de-camp to New York State Governor Hamilton Fish. Supreme Court Judge Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, his nephew, was born the year Nathan died and was named after him. Nathan's wife Emily G. Nathan died in 1879. They had seven children, including Frederick Nathan and Washington Nathan.

He was murdered on July 28, 1870 in Manhattan, New York City. Aaron B. Rollins was the coroner that investigated the death.


Studies in Murder, a 1924 true crime novel by Edmund Pearson, is about the murder.


Benjamin became vice-president of the New York Stock Exchange in 1851 and remined an active member until his violent death. He was also director of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and of the Ninth Avenue Street Railway of New York. He was a member of the first board of directors of the Jews' Hospital (now Mount Sinai Hospital) and was president from 1856-70. In 1849 he was appointed aide-de-camp, with title of colonel, to Governor Hamilton Fish of NY. Was also president of Cong. Shearith Israel.

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Benjamin Seixas Nathan's Timeline

December 20, 1813
New York, New York, NY, United States
April 15, 1837
New York, NY, United States
November 10, 1839
January 30, 1842
April 9, 1843
New York, NY, United States
April 23, 1844
New York, New York, New York, United States
February 13, 1846
September 9, 1847
December 21, 1848