|MERCHANT, SHIPOWNER (GERMANY)|
BORN 11 Mar 1813, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 25 Jul 1880, Hamburg|
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (Q24 (76-82))
Carl Woermann was the largest private shipowner in the world. He came from a family of linen manufactures and founded his own trading company in 1837. In 1847 he bought his first ship and more ships foloowed. He founded a trading office in Liberia in 1854. His company suffered losses during the depression of 1857, but by 1859 he was the owner of eight ships. In 1862 a branch in Gabon was opened and a branch in Cameroon in 1868.
From 1859 to 1868 he was a member of parliament in Hamburg. His eldest son Carl wasn't interested in the company and became an art historian. His second son Adolph Woermann joined the company as a partner instead. He took over the company after Carl's death in 1880. His daughter Marie Woermann was a painter.
Son: Woermann, Karl
Carl Woermann â€“ Wikipedia