The Birth & Background of Albert Bender
Albert Bender was born in Dublin, the son of Rabbi Philip Bender and Augusta Bremer. He went to primary school at 73 Lower Mount Street where his father was a teacher and taught Jews and Christians, a rare occurrence in nineteenth-century Ireland. Albert Bender immigrated to San Francisco at the age of thirteen where his uncle, William H. Bremer, a shipping and insurance broker gave him work. By the age of twenty he had set up as an independent insurance agent and would amass great wealth. He was interested in three main areas of collecting - modern art, books and Asian art.
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