Jules Bache (Library of Congress)

Born: November 9, 1861

Died: March 24, 1944



Jules Semon Bache was a German-born American banker, art collector and philanthropist.

His family emigrated to the United States when he was a boy, settling in New York City. In 1881, he started work as a cashier at Leopold Cahn & Co., a stock brokerage firm owned by his uncle. In 1886 he was made a minority partner and in 1892 took full control of the business, renaming it J. S. Bache & Co. He built the company into one of the top brokerage houses in the United States, becoming immensely wealthy in the process. He was a philanthropist and a patron of the arts.

He built Camp Wenonah in 1915, one of the more prominent Great Camps on Upper Saranac Lake; guests included statesmen, captains of industry and celebrities such as the Ziegfield Follies Girls.