ⓘ Gustav Harkort was the sixth of eight children of the hardware manufacturer and merchant Johann Caspar Harkort IV. He was also the brother of industrialist and ..

                                     

ⓘ Gustav Harkort

Gustav Harkort was the sixth of eight children of the hardware manufacturer and merchant Johann Caspar Harkort IV. He was also the brother of industrialist and politician Friedrich Harkort, entrepreneur Johann Caspar Harkort V. and mining engineer and officer Eduard Harkort.

He attended the trade school in Hagen, and after completion, began a commercial apprenticeship in his fathers company. In 1813 he took part in the Wars of Liberation as a lieutenant in the Markisches Landwehr Regiment.

In 1829 he directed the first plannings for the construction of the Magdeburg-Leipzig railway line.

In April 3, 1834, Harkort was one of the founders of the Railway Committee, which adopted the concept for a German railway network by Friedrich List 1789–1846 and built a first route between Leipzig and Dresden The Leipzig-Dresden Railway. He was the chairman of the board of directors of the Leipzig-Dresden Railway Company from its foundation in 1835 until his death.

Harkort died on August 29, 1865 in Leipzig at the age of 70.

                                     

1. Recognitions

On 1864, on the 25th anniversary of the completion of the Leipzig-Dresden railway, Harkort was named an honorary citizen of the city of Leipzig. On July 9, 1878, a monument designed by the architect Carl Gustav Aeckerlein 1832–1886 in collaboration with the sculptor Eduard Lurssen 1840–1891 was inaugurated in Leipzig. Harkorts name is also included on the Leipzig railway memorial.

                                     

2. Literature

  • Vera Hauschild ed.: The great Leipzig people. 26 approximations. Insel Verlag, Frankfurt am Main and others 1996, ISBN 3-458-16780-3.
  • Robert Boker: Harkort, Gustav. In: New German Biography NDB. Volume 7, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1966, ISBN 3-428-00188-5,p. 875 f.Digitized.