Der Kapitan der Milwaukee gebaut hat: The Perpetual Influence of Frederick Pabst on the City of Milwaukee throughout the late 19th century
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This paper examines the economic success of Captain Frederick Pabst and his lasting influence on the city of Milwaukee. Frederick Pabst was known as a beer baron and was one of eight individuals who essentially established the brewing industry in Milwaukee. This industry started locally in Milwaukee and grew into a nationwide success story, and in return, gave the beer barons thousands of dollars in assets. Frederick Pabst, along with the beer barons, donated their thousands of dollars to local charities, hospitals, social clubs, parks, and political campaigns in Milwaukee. Their enduring success from brewing and public donations is prevalent all over Milwaukee to this day, from the historic Pabst Theatre to the Pabst Building. But what is unclear is why Pabst and the other barons donated their assets to the city in exchange for seemingly nothing more than a glorified reputation. By analyzing former records of Frederick Pabst, the general ledger of the Milwaukee Brewers Association, and newspaper articles from the Sentinel, one can see how important he and they were to the development of Milwaukee, as well as the brewing industry of Wisconsin. This paper will explore three possible motives for his prominent standing in the community; philanthropy, business strategies and economic power. I will provide strong evidence that places Frederick Pabst within the growing philanthropy movement in Milwaukee, and examine how his business strategies were beneficial not only to his economic success, but also to his personal reputation in Milwaukee.
Pabst, Frederick, 1836-1904.
Milwaukee (Wis.)--History--19th century.
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