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Nathan Mayer Rothschild

Nathan Mayer Rothschild

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Nathan Mayer Rothschild
*16 September 1777in the Frankfurt-am-Main ghetto–+ 28 July 1836a London financier one of the founders of the internationalRothschild family banking dynastythe fourth child of Mayer AmschelRothschild (1744–1812) and GutleSchnapper (1753–1849).
 
Origins
The family's rise to international prominence began with
Mayer Amschel Rothschild
(1744–1812), the sonof 
Amschel Moses Rothschild
, a moneychanger. Born in the ghetto (called "Judengasse" or Jew Alley) of 
Frankfurt am Main
, he developed a finance house and spread his empire by installing each of his five sonsin European cities to conduct business. An essential part of Mayer Rothschild's strategy for future successwas to keep control of their businesses in family hands, allowing them to maintain full discretion about thesize of their wealth and their business achievements. Mayer Rothschild successfully kept the fortune in thefamily with carefully arranged marriages between closely related family members. His sons were:* Amschel Mayer Rothschild (1773–1855): Frankfurt* Salomon Mayer Rothschild (1774–1855): Vienna* Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777–1836): London* Calmann Mayer Rothschild (1788–1855): Naples* Jakob Mayer Rothschild (1792–1868): ParisThe Rothschild
coat of arms
contains a
clenched fist with five arrows
symbolizing
the five sons of Mayer Rothschild
, a reference to Psalm 127. The family motto appears below the shield, in Latin, Concordia,Integritas, Industria, (Harmony, Integrity, Industry). The German family name means "Red Shield".Families by country:* Rothschild banking family of Naples* Rothschild banking family of England* Rothschild banking family of Austria* Rothschild banking family of France
 
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An anonymous contemporary described Nathan Rothschild at the LondonStock Exchange as "he leaned against the 'Rothschild Pillar' [...], hung hisheavy hands into his pockets, and began to release silent, motionless,implacable cunning":
"Eyes are usually called the windows of the soul. But in Rothschild's case you would conclude that the windows are false ones, or that there was no soul tolook out of them. There comes not one pencil of light from the interior, neither isthere one gleam of that which comes from without reflected in any direction.The whole puts you in mind of an empty skin, and you wonder why it standsupright without at least something in it. By and by another figure comes up to it.It then steps two paces aside, and the most inquisitive glance that you ever saw, and more inquisitive than you would ever have thought of, is drawn out of those fixed and leaden eyes, as if one were drawing a sword from a scabbard.The visiting figure, which has the appearance of coming by accident and not by design, stops just a second or two, in the course of which looks are exchanged which, though you cannot translate, you feel must be of most important meaning. After this, the eyes are sheathed up again, and the figure resumes itsstony posture.During the morning, numbers of visitors come, all of whom meet with a similar reception and vanish in a similar manner. Last of all the figure itself vanishes,leaving you utterly at a loss..." 

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