Biography of Florence Ziegfield
Cook County, Il Biographies

ZIEGFELD, FLORENCE. - Born at Jever, in the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, Germany, June 10, 1841. Son of Florence and Louisa (Kirchoff) Ziegfeld; parents and ancestors absolutely German. He came to America when 15 years of age to visit a brother living in New York, but in 1859 returned to Europe and entered the Leipsic conservatory, where lie received instruction in music from teachers of the most assured prominence. In 1863 he was called to Russia to assume charge of a new conservatory there, but having decided to return to America, he declined the honor. He came to Chicago, and was soon actively employed as a teacher. In 1867 he founded the Chicago Academy of Music, which was the germ from which grew the famous Chicago Musical College, of which Dr. Ziegfeld is now president. The college has an average attendance of about 2,200 pupils. Dr. Ziegfeld often visits Europe in relation to musical matters, and it was he who selected there the artists for the grand peace jubilee in Boston, resulting in a visit to this country of Abt, Strauss, Bendel, Peschka-Leutner, the famous European military bands, and other prominent artists of the day. He was a friend and correspondent of Liszt, Wagner and other great musicians. He has studied medicine as well as music, but devotes his entire time to the latter art in connection with his college. He was educated in the Lutheran faith and in. variably votes the republican ticket in national elections. lie isamemberof the Union League Club, Athletic Club, Illinois Club, Germania Club, and is a Freemason. He was for many years inspector of rifle practice and inspector of troops, and was elected colonel of the 2d regiment I. N. G. Dr. Ziegfeld was married to Rosalie Dehez in 1865 and has four children, Florence, Carl, William and Louisa. Dr. Ziegfeld has done a vast work in behalf of art culture; he has a reputation in this and in other countries as one of the most conscientious and best equipped instructors in the musical art. Flis whole life has been devoted to it, and none know better with what splendid results his labors have been accompanied than the people of the city of Chicago, with whom he associates every day.

The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893


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