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Gustav H. Muller

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Gustav H. Muller (c1866-1913)


1913 Obituary [1]

GUSTAV H. MILLER, co-partner of one of the largest firms in Holland - Wm. H. Muller Si Co. - died at Meran, on the 19th of February 1913, at the comparatively early age of forty-seven.

His father was the founder of the well-known firm of Wm. H. Muller & Co., Rotterdam, whose head office was transferred some years ago to The Hague.

Gustav Miller, who was born at Horst, near Steele, in Germany, on the 23rd of May 1865, commenced his remarkably successful commercial career in the firm's Ruhrort office, and enlarged his experience in Liverpool, London, and Antwerp, until, when only twenty-three years old, at the death of his father, he was called upon to join as a partner in the management of the firm. In this capacity he devoted his main energies to the mining industry and the iron ore trade, opening up and cultivating valuable connections with the most important commercial centres in the world, and it is largely due to his initiative and foresight that Messrs. Wm. H. Muller & Co., with their innumerable branches, enjoy such a world-wide reputation.

Mr. Gustav H. Muller was also a well-known authority on questions regarding international commerce, about which he was consulted by various Governments, and was appointed "Consul General" of Roumania in Rotterdam. His yearly consular reports were looked upon as standard works of their kind.

He was, moreover, an amateur artist of distinction and ability, and had many friends in artistic circles. Flowers were a source of particular interest to him, and he owned an almost unique collection of orchids.

He combined with his sterling business qualities a generosity that knew no bounds, and all who came into contact with him mourn him as deeply and truly as do the members of his firm. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1895.


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