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Heinrich Simon Papers

Date range: 1816-1840

Medium: Archive

Eight volumes of papers of August Heinrich Simon (1805–1860), a leading member of the Frankfurt Parliament.

Born in the Prussian town of Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), Simon trained for the legal profession and was a prominent advocate of constitutional and educational reform. He was a leading member of the revolutionary Frankfurt Parliament of 1848–49. Arraigned for high treason, Simon fled to Switzerland in 1849, taking with him the Parliament’s seal.

The volumes contain letters, diaries and documents relating to Simon’s life in Breslau, and in particular to his training and early career as a lawyer. They provide interesting background information for the study of August’s nephew, Henry Simon (1835–1899), who came to Manchester from Germany in 1860 and founded the engineering companies Henry Simon Ltd and Simon-Carves Ltd, still in existence as the Simon Engineering Group.

See also:

Further information:

  • Catalogue available online via ELGAR.
  • Brian Simon, In Search of a Grandfather: Henry Simon of Manchester, 1835-1899 (Leicester, 1997).


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