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Mendelssohn, Moses

Born: 1729 AD
Died: 1786 AD
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1729 – Born in Dessau on the 6th of September.

1750 – A wealthy silk-merchant, Isaac Bernhard, appointed him to teach his children. Mendelssohn soon won the confidence of Bernhard, who made the young student successively his book-keeper and his partner.

1755 – Lessing published Mendelssohn’s Philosophical Conversations anonymously.

1756-1759 – He became the leading spirit of Friedrich Nicolai’s important literary undertakings, the Bibliothek and the Literaturbriefe, and ran some risk by criticizing the poems of the King of Prussia.

1762 – He married Fromet Guggenheim, who survived him by twenty-six years. In the year following his marriage Mendelssohn won the prize offered by the Berlin Academy for an essay on the application of mathematical proofs to metaphysics; among the competitors were Thomas Abbt and Immanuel Kant.

1763 – In October, the king granted Mendelssohn the privilege of Protected Jew which assured his right to undisturbed residence in Berlin.

1781 – He who induced CW Dohm to publish, his work, On the Civil Amelioration of the Condition of the Jews, which played a significant part in the rise of tolerance.

1785 – His Morgenstunden oder Vorlesungen über das Dasein Gottes.

1786 – Died on the 4th of January, as the result of a cold contracted while carrying to his publishers the manuscript of a vindication of his friend Lessing, who had predeceased him by five years.


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