Library of Congress
GUGGENHEIM, Simon (1867-1941)
Senate Years of Service: 1907-1913

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. Guggenheim's 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.

Colorado Historical Society
Denver, CO
Papers: Ca. .5 foot in 9 collections. Includes congressional correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia. Finding aid.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter in Wilbertine Teters Worden papers, 1859-1949.

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
New York, NY
Papers: From his non-senatorial career.

Temple University Libraries
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Joseph Krauskopf papers, 1885-1923.

University of Colorado Libraries
Boulder, CO
Papers: In Arthur C. Johnson papers, 1885-1937.

  • Davis, John H. The Guggenheims: An American Epic. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1978.
  • Hoyt, Edwin P., Jr. The Guggenheims and the American Dream. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1967.
  • Lomask, Milton. Seed Money: The Guggenheim Story. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1964.
  • O'Connor, Harvey. The Guggenheims: The Making of an American Dynasty. 1937. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1976.