Jesse Seligman Obituary dated April 28 1894 but in April 23 paper
APRIL 23, 1894. JESSE SELIGHAH'S DEATH. THE END tor A GREAT FIX AXC1ER . ANTD PHILANTHROPIST. Tbe End Came Suddenly A Sketch of Ills , Career James ! Hobb : Uausoo, a Noted Edoca - tor Otber Deaths. i Hotel del Corosado, CaL, April 28. Jesse Seligman, of J. and W. Seligmon fe Co,, bankers, New York and London, died at the Hotel del Coronodo at 9 a. in. to - day from pneumonia and. Bright' disease. He came here four days ago direct from New York with his wife and daughter. - His condition had become so serious on his arrival that all the members of his family were telegraphed for, but he died before their arrival. L , JESSE SELIOStASf. t ; 'Jesse Seligman, waa born in a little Bavarian hamlet in 127. The income of hia parents was sadly out of proportion with the number ot children, hence young Jesse waa compelled, while still a lad, to contribute his share of work toward the support of the family. At too age of fourteen he came to America to join. in Alabama, his three oMer brothers, but tvA years was enough of Southern liie ior the Bavarian boy. He had worked hard, and - with his savings came North and settled at Watertown, N. V.. and was doing nicely there when the gold fever broke out, and he waa swept by the flood to the Pacific coast. The spirit of adventure did - not prompt this step so much as tbe desire to grasp the opportunity which was offered ior successful mercantile enterprise. It was as a merchant, not as the gold - digger, that Jesso Seligman went to Call ior nia. and hia success was a further demonstration of hia adaptability and good judgment. In a short time he amassed a comtortaoJe fortune, but. his business enterprises never so far engrossed his attention that he could not interest bimsel' .in public a flairs. He was a member of the first citizens' committee, which was organized to oppose the mob' which terrorized California, and later on he was a Valuable member ot the lamous "Committee ot Forty," through whose labors the government of Han Francisco was wrested from a band of political freebooters. In 1K57 Mr. Seligman went to New York, and in 18TC, together with his brothers, founded tbe banking house of J. and W. Seligman fc Co., which soon assumed, and still maintains, an important position in the commere al world. . It was ilr. Seligman who placed the first United States bonds in European mar kets, ana during tne aarr aays ot tne rebellion he wes the confidential adviver of the Government in financial matters. He wss always an ardent Republican, and though in close touch with several, administrations, he persistently declined to accept public .office. Mr. Seligman wealth has been, to a great extent, a means, to a noble end. He was an arduous laborer in the cause 01 charity; he was closely identified with a number of public charities, one of his pets being the Hebrew Orphan Asylum; of which he was one of the founders, and over whose board of managers he presided. Mr. Seligman. was married . at Munich. Bavaria, in 1S64, to Miss Henrietta Hillman. of that city, a highly educated woman. They had three sons and three daughters. Without being aggressive or obtrusive on the subject, Mr. Seligman was always an earnest upholder ot the tenets of Judaism, and he waa closely identified with its charities ana the Temple tmtnn - bL 11 is genius as a nnancier won mm tne admiration ot.tbe com mercial world, but a higher place, that in the hearts of the people, he secured by his broad philanthropy. '