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August Aaron Belmont, I

Hebrew: אוגוסט אהרון בלמונט, I
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Alzey, Alzey-Worms, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Death: November 24, 1890 (76)
New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Simon Belmont and Frederika Belmont
Husband of Caroline Slidell Belmont
Father of Hon. Perry Belmont; August Belmont, II and Rep. Oliver H. P. Belmont
Brother of Elizabeth (Babette) Feist and Joseph Belmont

Occupation: chargé d'affaires for the US at the Hague, Netherlands, Banker, Politician
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About Hon. August Belmont I

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

August Belmont, Sr. (December 8, 1813 – November 24, 1890) was an American politician.


Early life


August Belmont was born in Alzey, Hesse, on December 8, 1813--some sources say 1816--to Simon and Frederika Elsass Schönberg, a Jewish family. After his mother's death, when he was seven, he lived with his uncle and grandmother in Frankfurt. He attended the Jewish Junior and Senior High School until he began his first job as an apprentice to the Rothschilds. He would sweep floors, polish furniture, and run errands while studying English, arithmetic, and writing. He was then given a confidential clerkship in 1832 and promoted to private secretary before travelling to Naples, Paris, and Rome. In 1837, Belmont set sail for Havana charged with the Rothschild's Cuban interests. On his way to Havana, however, Belmont stopped in New York. He arrived there during the Panic of 1837 and then remained to supervise jeopardised Rothschild interests there instead of continuing on to Havana. After he emigrated to the United States, he changed his surname, Schönberg (German for "beautiful mountain"), to Belmont (French for "beautiful mountain").


August Belmont and Company


In the Panic of 1837, hundreds of American businesses, including the Rothschild's American agents, collapsed. As a result, Belmont postponed his departure for Havana indefinitely and began August Belmont & Company, believing that he could supplant the recently bankrupt firm, the American Agency. August Belmont and Company was an instant success, and Belmont restored health to the Rothschild's US interests over the next five years. In 1844, Belmont was named the Consul-General of Austria at New York. He resigned the post in 1850 in response to what he viewed as Austria's cruelty towards Hungary, even as his interest in politics grew.


Entry into politics


Belmont married Caroline Slidell Perry, the daughter of Matthew Calbraith Perry, on November 7, 1849. According to Jewish newspaper sources, he converted to Christianity at that time, taking his wife's Episcopalian faith. Soon, John Slidell, his wife's uncle, made Belmont his protégé. Belmont's first task was to campaign for James Buchanan in New York. In June, 1851, Belmont wrote letters to the New York Herald and the New York National-Democrat, insisting that they do justice to Buchanan's presidential run. But Franklin Pierce won the nomination instead, and Belmont made large contributions to the Democratic cause, weathering political attack. After his victory, Pierce in 1853 appointed Belmont chargé d'affaires and minister to The Hague. While in Holland, Belmont urged American annexation of Cuba as a new slave state in what became known as the Ostend Manifesto.


Though Belmont lobbied hard for it, Buchanan denied him the ambassadorship to Spain after his election in 1856, thanks to the Ostend Manifesto. As a delegate to the Democratic Convention of 1860, Belmont supported Stephen A. Douglas, who subsequently named Belmont chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Belmont energetically supported the Union cause during the Civil War as a War Democrat, conspicuously helping Missouri congressman Francis P. Blair raise and equip the Union army's first predominantly German-American regiment. Belmont also used his influence with European business and political leaders to support the Union cause in the American civil war, dissuading the Rothschilds and other bankers from lending to the Confederacy and meeting personally with the British prime minister, Lord Palmerston, and members of Napoleon III’s French government.


Postwar political career


Remaining chairman of the Democratic National Committee after the war, Belmont presided over what he called “‘the most disastrous epoch in the annals of the Democratic Party.’” As early as 1862, Belmont and Samuel Tilden bought stock in the New York World in order to mold it into a major Democratic organ with the help of Manton M. Marble, its editor-in-chief. Seeking to capitalize on divisions in the Republican party at the war’s end, Belmont organized new party gatherings and promoted Salmon Chase for president in 1868, the candidate he viewed least vulnerable to charges of disloyalty to the party during the Republican Lincoln-Johnson administrations. Horatio Seymour’s electoral defeat in that year paled in comparison to liberal Republican Horace Greeley's disastrous 1872 presidential campaign. While the party chairman had promoted Charles Francis Adams for the nomination, Greeley’s nomination implied Democratic endorsement of a candidate who often had referred to Democrats as “‘slaveholders,’ ‘slave-whippers,’ ‘traitors,’ and ‘Copperheads’ and accused them of thievery, debauchery, corruption, and sin.” Although the election of 1872 prompted Belmont to resign his chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, he nevertheless continued to dabble in politics as a champion of US Senator Thomas F. Bayard of Delaware for the presidency, as a fierce critic of the process granting Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency in 1877, and as an advocate of “hard money.”


Death


Belmont died in New York in 1890. The Letters, Speeches and Addresses of August Belmont was published at New York in 1890. Belmont left an estate valued at more than ten million dollars. He is buried in Newport, Rhode Island.[3]


Belmont's sons were Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, Perry Belmont, and August Belmont, Jr..


In culture


Belmont threw lavish balls and dinner parties, receiving mixed reviews from New York's high society. He was an avid sportsman and the famed Belmont Stakes thoroughbred horse race is named in his honor. It debuted at Jerome Park Racetrack, owned by Belmont's friend, Leonard Jerome. Today The Belmont Stakes is part of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown and takes place at Belmont Park, just outside New York City.


Also named in Belmont's honor is the town of Belmont, New Hampshire, an honor Mr. Belmont never acknowledged. Edith Wharton reputedly modeled the character of Julius Beaufort in The Age of Innocence on Belmont.


August Belmont, Sr. (December 8, 1813 – November 24, 1890) was an American politician.

EARLY LIFE

August Belmont was born in Alzey, Hesse, on December 8, 1813—some sources say 1816—to Simon and Frederika Elsass Schönberg, a Jewish family. After his mother's death, when he was seven, he lived with his uncle and grandmother in Frankfurt.[2] He attended the Jewish Junior and Senior High School until he began his first job as an apprentice to the Rothschilds.[2] He would sweep floors, polish furniture, and run errands while studying English, arithmetic, and writing.[3] He was then given a confidential clerkship in 1832 and promoted to private secretary before traveling to Naples, Paris, and Rome.[3] In 1837, Belmont set sail for Havana charged with the Rothschild's Cuban interests. On his way to Havana, however, Belmont stopped in New York. He arrived there during the Panic of 1837 and then remained to supervise jeopardized Rothschild interests there instead of continuing on to Havana.[2] After he emigrated to the United States, he changed his surname, Schönberg (German for "beautiful mountain"), to Belmont (French for "beautiful mountain").

AUGUST BELMONT AND COMPANY

In the Panic of 1837, hundreds of American businesses, including the Rothschild's American agents, collapsed. As a result, Belmont postponed his departure for Havana indefinitely and began August Belmont & Company, believing that he could supplant the recently bankrupt firm, the American Agency.[3] August Belmont and Company was an instant success, and Belmont restored health to the Rothschild's US interests over the next five years.[2] In 1844, Belmont was named the Consul-General of Austria at New York. He resigned the post in 1850 in response to what he viewed as Austria's cruelty towards Hungary, even as his interest in politics grew.[2]

ENTRY INTO POLITICS

Belmont married Caroline Slidell Perry, the daughter of Matthew Calbraith Perry, on November 7, 1849. According to Jewish newspaper sources, he converted to Christianity at that time, taking his wife's Episcopalian faith.[4][5] Soon, John Slidell, his wife's uncle, made Belmont his protégé.[2] Belmont's first task was to campaign for James Buchanan in New York. In June, 1851, Belmont wrote letters to the New York Herald and the New York National-Democrat, insisting that they do justice to Buchanan's presidential run.[2] But Franklin Pierce won the nomination instead, and Belmont made large contributions to the Democratic cause, weathering political attack.[3] After his victory, Pierce in 1853 appointed Belmont chargé d'affaires and minister to The Hague. While in the Netherlands, Belmont urged American annexation of Cuba as a new slave state in what became known as the Ostend Manifesto.[6]

Though Belmont lobbied hard for it, Buchanan denied him the ambassadorship to Spain after his election in 1856, thanks to the Ostend Manifesto.[7] As a delegate to the Democratic Convention of 1860, Belmont supported Stephen A. Douglas, who subsequently named Belmont chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Belmont energetically supported the Union cause during the Civil War as a War Democrat, conspicuously helping Missouri congressman Francis P. Blair raise and equip the Union army's first predominantly German-American regiment.[8] Belmont also used his influence with European business and political leaders to support the Union cause in the American civil war, dissuading the Rothschilds and other bankers from lending to the Confederacy and meeting personally with the British prime minister, Lord Palmerston, and members of Napoleon III’s French government.[9]

POSTWAR POLITICAL CAREER

Remaining chairman of the Democratic National Committee after the war, Belmont presided over what he called “‘the most disastrous epoch in the annals of the Democratic Party.’”[10] As early as 1862, Belmont and Samuel Tilden bought stock in the New York World in order to mold it into a major Democratic organ with the help of Manton M. Marble, its editor-in-chief.[11] Seeking to capitalize on divisions in the Republican party at the war’s end, Belmont organized new party gatherings and promoted Salmon Chase for president in 1868, the candidate he viewed least vulnerable to charges of disloyalty to the party during the Republican Lincoln-Johnson administrations.[12] Horatio Seymour’s electoral defeat in that year paled in comparison to liberal Republican Horace Greeley's disastrous 1872 presidential campaign. While the party chairman had promoted Charles Francis Adams for the nomination, Greeley’s nomination implied Democratic endorsement of a candidate who often had referred to Democrats as “‘slaveholders,’ ‘slave-whippers,’ ‘traitors,’ and ‘Copperheads’ and accused them of thievery, debauchery, corruption, and sin.”[13] Although the election of 1872 prompted Belmont to resign his chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, he nevertheless continued to dabble in politics as a champion of US Senator Thomas F. Bayard of Delaware for the presidency, as a fierce critic of the process granting Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency in 1877, and as an advocate of “hard money.”[14]

DEATH

Belmont died in New York in 1890. His funeral was held at the Church of the Ascension in New York.

The Letters, Speeches and Addresses of August Belmont was published at New York in 1890. Belmont left an estate valued at more than ten million dollars.

He is buried in an ornate sarcophagus in the Belmont family plot (along with other Belmonts, Perrys and Tiffanys) in the Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island.[3]

Belmont's sons were Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, Perry Belmont, and August Belmont, Jr..

IN CULTURE

Belmont threw lavish balls and dinner parties, receiving mixed reviews from New York's high society. He was an avid sportsman and the famed Belmont Stakes thoroughbred horse race is named in his honor. It debuted at Jerome Park Racetrack, owned by Belmont's friend, Leonard Jerome. Today The Belmont Stakes is part of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown and takes place at Belmont Park, just outside New York City.

Also named in Belmont's honor is the town of Belmont, New Hampshire, an honor Mr. Belmont never acknowledged. Edith Wharton reputedly modeled the character of Julius Beaufort in The Age of Innocence on Belmont.[15]

In 1910 famed sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward completed a bronze statue of a sitting Belmont. The statue was originally installed in front of a small chapel adjacent to the Belmont burial plot. It was later moved to the park in Washington Square where it was replaced by a marker dedicating the park as Eisenhower Park in 1960. The statue was loaned by the city of Newport to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1985 and was eventually installed about 1995 in front of the headquarters building for the Preservation Society of Newport County at the corner of Bellevue and Narragansett avenues in Newport.

About Hon. August Belmont I (עברית)

אוגוסט בלמונט

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

August Belmont, Sr. (December 8, 1813 – November 24, 1890) was an American politician.


Early life


August Belmont was born in Alzey, Hesse, on December 8, 1813--some sources say 1816--to Simon and Frederika Elsass Schönberg, a Jewish family. After his mother's death, when he was seven, he lived with his uncle and grandmother in Frankfurt. He attended the Jewish Junior and Senior High School until he began his first job as an apprentice to the Rothschilds. He would sweep floors, polish furniture, and run errands while studying English, arithmetic, and writing. He was then given a confidential clerkship in 1832 and promoted to private secretary before travelling to Naples, Paris, and Rome. In 1837, Belmont set sail for Havana charged with the Rothschild's Cuban interests. On his way to Havana, however, Belmont stopped in New York. He arrived there during the Panic of 1837 and then remained to supervise jeopardised Rothschild interests there instead of continuing on to Havana. After he emigrated to the United States, he changed his surname, Schönberg (German for "beautiful mountain"), to Belmont (French for "beautiful mountain").


August Belmont and Company


In the Panic of 1837, hundreds of American businesses, including the Rothschild's American agents, collapsed. As a result, Belmont postponed his departure for Havana indefinitely and began August Belmont & Company, believing that he could supplant the recently bankrupt firm, the American Agency. August Belmont and Company was an instant success, and Belmont restored health to the Rothschild's US interests over the next five years. In 1844, Belmont was named the Consul-General of Austria at New York. He resigned the post in 1850 in response to what he viewed as Austria's cruelty towards Hungary, even as his interest in politics grew.


Entry into politics


Belmont married Caroline Slidell Perry, the daughter of Matthew Calbraith Perry, on November 7, 1849. According to Jewish newspaper sources, he converted to Christianity at that time, taking his wife's Episcopalian faith. Soon, John Slidell, his wife's uncle, made Belmont his protégé. Belmont's first task was to campaign for James Buchanan in New York. In June, 1851, Belmont wrote letters to the New York Herald and the New York National-Democrat, insisting that they do justice to Buchanan's presidential run. But Franklin Pierce won the nomination instead, and Belmont made large contributions to the Democratic cause, weathering political attack. After his victory, Pierce in 1853 appointed Belmont chargé d'affaires and minister to The Hague. While in Holland, Belmont urged American annexation of Cuba as a new slave state in what became known as the Ostend Manifesto.


Though Belmont lobbied hard for it, Buchanan denied him the ambassadorship to Spain after his election in 1856, thanks to the Ostend Manifesto. As a delegate to the Democratic Convention of 1860, Belmont supported Stephen A. Douglas, who subsequently named Belmont chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Belmont energetically supported the Union cause during the Civil War as a War Democrat, conspicuously helping Missouri congressman Francis P. Blair raise and equip the Union army's first predominantly German-American regiment. Belmont also used his influence with European business and political leaders to support the Union cause in the American civil war, dissuading the Rothschilds and other bankers from lending to the Confederacy and meeting personally with the British prime minister, Lord Palmerston, and members of Napoleon III’s French government.


Postwar political career


Remaining chairman of the Democratic National Committee after the war, Belmont presided over what he called “‘the most disastrous epoch in the annals of the Democratic Party.’” As early as 1862, Belmont and Samuel Tilden bought stock in the New York World in order to mold it into a major Democratic organ with the help of Manton M. Marble, its editor-in-chief. Seeking to capitalize on divisions in the Republican party at the war’s end, Belmont organized new party gatherings and promoted Salmon Chase for president in 1868, the candidate he viewed least vulnerable to charges of disloyalty to the party during the Republican Lincoln-Johnson administrations. Horatio Seymour’s electoral defeat in that year paled in comparison to liberal Republican Horace Greeley's disastrous 1872 presidential campaign. While the party chairman had promoted Charles Francis Adams for the nomination, Greeley’s nomination implied Democratic endorsement of a candidate who often had referred to Democrats as “‘slaveholders,’ ‘slave-whippers,’ ‘traitors,’ and ‘Copperheads’ and accused them of thievery, debauchery, corruption, and sin.” Although the election of 1872 prompted Belmont to resign his chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, he nevertheless continued to dabble in politics as a champion of US Senator Thomas F. Bayard of Delaware for the presidency, as a fierce critic of the process granting Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency in 1877, and as an advocate of “hard money.”


Death


Belmont died in New York in 1890. The Letters, Speeches and Addresses of August Belmont was published at New York in 1890. Belmont left an estate valued at more than ten million dollars. He is buried in Newport, Rhode Island.[3]


Belmont's sons were Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, Perry Belmont, and August Belmont, Jr..


In culture


Belmont threw lavish balls and dinner parties, receiving mixed reviews from New York's high society. He was an avid sportsman and the famed Belmont Stakes thoroughbred horse race is named in his honor. It debuted at Jerome Park Racetrack, owned by Belmont's friend, Leonard Jerome. Today The Belmont Stakes is part of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown and takes place at Belmont Park, just outside New York City.


Also named in Belmont's honor is the town of Belmont, New Hampshire, an honor Mr. Belmont never acknowledged. Edith Wharton reputedly modeled the character of Julius Beaufort in The Age of Innocence on Belmont.


August Belmont, Sr. (December 8, 1813 – November 24, 1890) was an American politician.

EARLY LIFE

August Belmont was born in Alzey, Hesse, on December 8, 1813—some sources say 1816—to Simon and Frederika Elsass Schönberg, a Jewish family. After his mother's death, when he was seven, he lived with his uncle and grandmother in Frankfurt.[2] He attended the Jewish Junior and Senior High School until he began his first job as an apprentice to the Rothschilds.[2] He would sweep floors, polish furniture, and run errands while studying English, arithmetic, and writing.[3] He was then given a confidential clerkship in 1832 and promoted to private secretary before traveling to Naples, Paris, and Rome.[3] In 1837, Belmont set sail for Havana charged with the Rothschild's Cuban interests. On his way to Havana, however, Belmont stopped in New York. He arrived there during the Panic of 1837 and then remained to supervise jeopardized Rothschild interests there instead of continuing on to Havana.[2] After he emigrated to the United States, he changed his surname, Schönberg (German for "beautiful mountain"), to Belmont (French for "beautiful mountain").

AUGUST BELMONT AND COMPANY

In the Panic of 1837, hundreds of American businesses, including the Rothschild's American agents, collapsed. As a result, Belmont postponed his departure for Havana indefinitely and began August Belmont & Company, believing that he could supplant the recently bankrupt firm, the American Agency.[3] August Belmont and Company was an instant success, and Belmont restored health to the Rothschild's US interests over the next five years.[2] In 1844, Belmont was named the Consul-General of Austria at New York. He resigned the post in 1850 in response to what he viewed as Austria's cruelty towards Hungary, even as his interest in politics grew.[2]

ENTRY INTO POLITICS

Belmont married Caroline Slidell Perry, the daughter of Matthew Calbraith Perry, on November 7, 1849. According to Jewish newspaper sources, he converted to Christianity at that time, taking his wife's Episcopalian faith.[4][5] Soon, John Slidell, his wife's uncle, made Belmont his protégé.[2] Belmont's first task was to campaign for James Buchanan in New York. In June, 1851, Belmont wrote letters to the New York Herald and the New York National-Democrat, insisting that they do justice to Buchanan's presidential run.[2] But Franklin Pierce won the nomination instead, and Belmont made large contributions to the Democratic cause, weathering political attack.[3] After his victory, Pierce in 1853 appointed Belmont chargé d'affaires and minister to The Hague. While in the Netherlands, Belmont urged American annexation of Cuba as a new slave state in what became known as the Ostend Manifesto.[6]

Though Belmont lobbied hard for it, Buchanan denied him the ambassadorship to Spain after his election in 1856, thanks to the Ostend Manifesto.[7] As a delegate to the Democratic Convention of 1860, Belmont supported Stephen A. Douglas, who subsequently named Belmont chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Belmont energetically supported the Union cause during the Civil War as a War Democrat, conspicuously helping Missouri congressman Francis P. Blair raise and equip the Union army's first predominantly German-American regiment.[8] Belmont also used his influence with European business and political leaders to support the Union cause in the American civil war, dissuading the Rothschilds and other bankers from lending to the Confederacy and meeting personally with the British prime minister, Lord Palmerston, and members of Napoleon III’s French government.[9]

POSTWAR POLITICAL CAREER

Remaining chairman of the Democratic National Committee after the war, Belmont presided over what he called “‘the most disastrous epoch in the annals of the Democratic Party.’”[10] As early as 1862, Belmont and Samuel Tilden bought stock in the New York World in order to mold it into a major Democratic organ with the help of Manton M. Marble, its editor-in-chief.[11] Seeking to capitalize on divisions in the Republican party at the war’s end, Belmont organized new party gatherings and promoted Salmon Chase for president in 1868, the candidate he viewed least vulnerable to charges of disloyalty to the party during the Republican Lincoln-Johnson administrations.[12] Horatio Seymour’s electoral defeat in that year paled in comparison to liberal Republican Horace Greeley's disastrous 1872 presidential campaign. While the party chairman had promoted Charles Francis Adams for the nomination, Greeley’s nomination implied Democratic endorsement of a candidate who often had referred to Democrats as “‘slaveholders,’ ‘slave-whippers,’ ‘traitors,’ and ‘Copperheads’ and accused them of thievery, debauchery, corruption, and sin.”[13] Although the election of 1872 prompted Belmont to resign his chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, he nevertheless continued to dabble in politics as a champion of US Senator Thomas F. Bayard of Delaware for the presidency, as a fierce critic of the process granting Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency in 1877, and as an advocate of “hard money.”[14]

DEATH

Belmont died in New York in 1890. His funeral was held at the Church of the Ascension in New York.

The Letters, Speeches and Addresses of August Belmont was published at New York in 1890. Belmont left an estate valued at more than ten million dollars.

He is buried in an ornate sarcophagus in the Belmont family plot (along with other Belmonts, Perrys and Tiffanys) in the Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island.[3]

Belmont's sons were Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, Perry Belmont, and August Belmont, Jr..

IN CULTURE

Belmont threw lavish balls and dinner parties, receiving mixed reviews from New York's high society. He was an avid sportsman and the famed Belmont Stakes thoroughbred horse race is named in his honor. It debuted at Jerome Park Racetrack, owned by Belmont's friend, Leonard Jerome. Today The Belmont Stakes is part of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown and takes place at Belmont Park, just outside New York City.

Also named in Belmont's honor is the town of Belmont, New Hampshire, an honor Mr. Belmont never acknowledged. Edith Wharton reputedly modeled the character of Julius Beaufort in The Age of Innocence on Belmont.[15]

In 1910 famed sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward completed a bronze statue of a sitting Belmont. The statue was originally installed in front of a small chapel adjacent to the Belmont burial plot. It was later moved to the park in Washington Square where it was replaced by a marker dedicating the park as Eisenhower Park in 1960. The statue was loaned by the city of Newport to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1985 and was eventually installed about 1995 in front of the headquarters building for the Preservation Society of Newport County at the corner of Bellevue and Narragansett avenues in Newport.

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Hon. August Belmont I's Timeline

1813
December 8, 1813
Alzey, Alzey-Worms, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
1851
December 28, 1851
Age 38
New York, New York, New York, United States
1853
February 18, 1853
Age 39
New York, New York, New York, United States
1858
November 12, 1858
Age 44
New York, New York County, New York, United States
1890
November 24, 1890
Age 76
New York, New York, United States
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Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States