[Letter from Daniel Webster Kempner to Jeane Bertig Kempner]

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Letter from Daniel Webster Kempner to his wife, Jeane Bertig Kempner, discussing her illness, details from a trip he is on, and his plans for his return. The letter was written on stationary from the Plaza Hotel.

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[2] p. ; 19 x 30 cm. folded to 19 x 15 cm., and 19 x 15 cm.

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Kempner, Daniel Webster Creation Date: Unknown.

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This letter is part of the collection entitled: Private Papers of Daniel Kempner Thorne and one other and was provided by Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. More information about this letter can be viewed below.

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Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund

The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund started in 1946 when family members created the Galveston Fund. Today, the Fund’s board consists of nine family members along with two outside directors; they meet twice a year. The focus continues to be on Galveston Island with 95% of grant funds distributed in the area.

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Letter from Daniel Webster Kempner to his wife, Jeane Bertig Kempner, discussing her illness, details from a trip he is on, and his plans for his return. The letter was written on stationary from the Plaza Hotel.

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[2] p. ; 19 x 30 cm. folded to 19 x 15 cm., and 19 x 15 cm.

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Private Papers of Daniel Kempner Thorne

Family papers from the first and second generation of the influential Kempner Family of Galveston.

Harris and Eliza Kempner

One of Galveston’s most iconic families, the Kempner family influenced the social and philanthropic landscape of Galveston and its members created an expansive economic empire. The Kempner family of Galveston began with Harris Kempner (1837-1894), who emigrated from Poland in 1854 and settled in Cold Spring, Texas. In 1858, he opened a general store and established the firm that still bears his name. Harris, foreseeing the growth of Galveston, moved his business to the seaport around 1868 and enlarged his interests as a cotton factor and commission merchant. He also entered a partnership with M. Marx to build a wholesale grocery business. Marx withdrew from the business in 1886, but Harris continued the firm and extended his range of operations into finance. He served as the president of Island City Savings Bank. Harris organized and directed some 35 banks throughout Texas, especially in smaller cities that lacked adequate banking facilities.

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  • March 15, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

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  • Jan. 25, 2018, 3:26 p.m.

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Kempner, Daniel Webster. [Letter from Daniel Webster Kempner to Jeane Bertig Kempner], letter, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth836161/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund.