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Brokmeyer, Henry Conrad (12 August 1828–26 July 1906), philosopher and politician, was born in the vicinity of Minden, Prussia, the son of Frederick William Brockmeyer (Henry used both spellings), a Jewish businessman, and Sophia (maiden name unknown). Brokmeyer spent his youth in Prussia, but at age sixteen, apparently fleeing Prussian militarism, he emigrated to New York City with little money and little knowledge of English. On arrival, Brokmeyer worked his way as far south as Mississippi, where, it is said, he made a small fortune using slave labor in shoemaking....