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date: 21 October 2019

Behn, Sostheneslocked

(30 January 1884–06 June 1957)
  • Yanek Mieczkowski

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Behn, Sosthenes (30 January 1884–06 June 1957), corporation executive, was born Louis Richard Sosthenes Behn in St. Thomas in what was then the Danish West Indies, the son of Ricardo Augusto Guillermo Behn, a businessman, and Louise Monsanto. Behn was educated in the Virgin Islands, Corsica, and at Collège Ste. Barbée in Paris. During the course of his education and travels, he became fluent in English, French, and Spanish. In 1898 Behn’s family moved to New York City, where he found jobs as a messenger and later as a clerk. When Morton Trust Company, a Wall Street concern, rejected Behn for employment because he was too young, he grew a beard, changed his official birth date to 1882, and reapplied a few months later. This time he was hired and was eventually promoted to head clerk at the firm....

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