Abraham Carel Wertheim

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Abraham Care l Wertheim on a painting by Therese Schwartze
Fountain dedicated to Abraham Carel Wertheim in Wertheim Park

Abraham Carel Wertheim , also known as AC Wertheim (born December 12, 1832 in Amsterdam ; died November 30, 1897 there ) was a Dutch banker, politician and philanthropist. He received his training in the bank of his uncle Johannes Wertheim, at Wertheim & Gompertz. He then became an apprentice to Julius Königswärter, who introduced him to the cultural salons of Amsterdam.

Wertheim married his cousin Rosalie Marie Wertheim, the niece of Johannes Wertheim, and then became a partner at Wertheim & Gompertz. Wertheim & Gompertz and other companies played a major role in financing the construction of the new railways in the USA.

He was the patron of the amateur drama in Amsterdam and promoted the development of the (later Royal) Dutch National Theater Society ( Vereeniging Het Nederlandsch Tooneel ), which soon became the only major theater company in the city. After the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam burned down completely on February 20, 1890 , Wertheim took care of a quick reconstruction of the theater.

Wertheim was in a number of Jewish organizations and President of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam . He was a member of the Provinciale Staten of the Province of North Holland from 1866 to 1886 and from 1886 until his death he was a member of the First Chamber of the States General . He was also a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion and a Freemason .

In Amsterdam the Wertheimpark is named after him, in the park there is a fountain dedicated to him.

Wertheim had eight children, three died in childhood. The composer Rosy Wertheim and the sculptor Jobs Wertheim were his grandchildren.


Biography of Abraham Carel Wertheim

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Augustus J. Veenendahl: Slow train to paradise: how Dutch investment helped build American railroads . Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, Calif. 1996, ISBN 0-8047-2517-9 .
  2. Barbara Van Vonderen: Deftig en ondernemend, JM Meulenhoff bv, Amsterdam 2013
  3. Bank Wertheim & Gompertz ( Memento from October 21, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) In: iamsterdam .
  4. http://www.parlementairdocumentatiecentrum.nl/id/vg09llcvu6y8