Johann Jakob Bethmann-Hollweg

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Johann Jakob Hollweg (since 1780: Bethmann-Hollweg ; * January 7, 1748 in Frankfurt am Main ; † January 22, 1808 there ) was a German banker and businessman.


The son of the Frankfurt merchant Johann Abraham Hollweg (1698–1762) and his wife Anna Elisabeth born. Together with Christian Friedrich Laué, Bengerath founded the cotton dealership Hollweg & Laué in 1774 . In 1780 he married Susanne Elisabeth Bethmann (1763–1831), a daughter of Johann Philipp Bethmann , in whose bank he was already a partner.

Since the marriage he has been called "Bethmann-Hollweg". In 1781 he joined the Bethmann Brothers banking house as a partner .

Bertel Thorvaldsen: Epitaph for Johann Philipp Bethmann-Hollweg ( Liebieghaus Frankfurt)

Bethmann-Hollweg had four children:

  1. Anna Elisabeth (1781–1850), married Joachim Andreas Grunelius in 1801.
  2. Johann Philipp (1791–1812) died on an educational trip in Florence. The three-part epitaph for Johann Philipp created by Bertel Thorvaldsen is now in the Liebieghaus .
  3. Margarethe Luise (1793–1831), married Johann Georg Konrad von Saint-George.
  4. Moritz August (1795–1877), lawyer and Prussian minister of education. In 1840 he was raised to hereditary nobility. His grandson was the German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg .

Bethmann-Hollweg lived in a town house on the Großer Hirschgraben , on the north side of which between the White Deer and the Goethe House . In his household he employed u. a. the geographer Carl Ritter as tutor for his two sons. His sons-in-law joined the bank as partners.

He owned an estate in Oberrad , the so-called Bassompierrsche Landhaus . It later fell to his son-in-law Saint-George, who had a landscape garden designed on the site by the Frankfurt city gardener Sebastian Rinz . Today the Philosophical-Theological University of Sankt Georgen is located here .

Bethmann-Hollweg is buried in the family crypt in the main cemetery in Frankfurt am Main .