Solomon R. Guggenheim
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Meyer Guggenheim and brother to Simon, Benjamin, Daniel and four others. Following studies in Switzerland, he returned to the United States to work in the family mining business, later founding the Yukon Gold Company in Alaska. He retired in 1919 to become an art collector and in 1937 he established the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to foster the appreciation of modern art. He died in 1949.
Amongst his children were Eleanor Guggenheim (later Lady Castle Stewart), and Gertrude Guggenheim.