Simon GUGGENHEIM, Congress, CO (1867-1941)

Senate Years of Service:

GUGGENHEIM, Simon, a Senator from Colorado; born in Philadelphia, Pa., December 30, 1867; attended the public schools of Philadelphia and Pierce Business School, Philadelphia; studied languages in Europe for two years; engaged in the mining and smelting business in the United States and Mexico; moved to Pueblo, Colo., in 1888 as chief ore buyer for M. Guggenheimâs Sons and became associated with his brothers in the management of the Philadelphia Smelting & Refining Co.; moved to Denver in 1892; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1907, to March 3, 1913; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on the University of the United States (Sixty-first Congress), Committee on the Philippines (Sixty-second Congress); philanthropist; moved to New York in 1913; member and later chairman of the board of the American Smelting & Refining Co. and elected president of that company in 1919; established in 1925, in memory of his son, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for scholarships for advanced study abroad; continued active in financial interests until his death in New York City, November 2, 1941; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Dictionary of American Biography; Davis, John. The Guggenheims: An American Epic. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1978; Hoyt, Edwin P., Jr. The Guggenheims and the American Dream. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1967.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present