Moritz von Bethmann

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Bethmann's garden house at Friedberger Tor in a view from the 19th century

Philipp Heinrich Moritz Alexander von Bethmann (from 1854: Freiherr von Bethmann) (born October 8, 1811 in Frankfurt am Main ; † December 2, 1877 there ) was a German banker .

The eldest son of Simon Moritz von Bethmann and Louise Friederike geb. Boode was only 15 years old when his father died. In 1833 he joined the management of the Bethmann brothers' banking house . Bethmann primarily promoted the construction of railways. In 1836 he founded the Taunus-Eisenbahn AG together with the Rothschild bank , in 1844 the Frankfurt-Hanauer Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft and the Kurhessische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Nordbahn-Gesellschaft . In the 1850s he participated a. a. at the Italian Central Railway , the Austrian State Railway and the Rhein-Nahe-Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft .

From 1854 until the end of the Free City of Frankfurt in 1866, Bethmann was the Prussian Consul General in Frankfurt. In 1854 he was raised to the baron class of Baden .

In 1863 he accommodated the participants of the Frankfurt Princely Congress in his garden house. Like his father, he was a generous patron and patron of Frankfurt's art and cultural life.

Bethmann, who was handicapped for his entire life by a hip problem, was married to Maria, geb. Freiin von Bose (1819–1882), with whom he had two sons and three daughters, including Simon Moritz , named after his grandfather , who later succeeded him as head of the Bethmann family.

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