Duesenberg, Frederick Samuel
- Ann T. Keene
Duesenberg, Frederick Samuel (06 December 1876–26 July 1932), automobile builder, was born in Kirchheide, Lippe, then part of the German Confederation, a son of Konrad Duesenberg and Louise Duesenberg; his mother's maiden name and his parents' occupations are unknown. Frederick's elder brother Henry Duesenberg had already immigrated to the United States, where he became a successful nursery salesman in the Midwest, and other family members followed. In 1884, following the death of Konrad Duesenberg, Louise Duesenberg moved with Frederick and his younger brother August Duesenberg to a farm near Rockford, Iowa, a rural community in the northeastern part of the state. At the age of seventeen, Frederick left high school to earn his living as a windmill repairman and discovered that he had a flair for mechanics....