Isidor Straus

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Isidor Straus
Isidor Straus 1903.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 15th district
In office
January 30, 1894 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byAshbel P. Fitch
Succeeded byPhilip B. Low[1]
Personal details
Born(1845-02-06)February 6, 1845
Otterberg, Palatinate, then ruled by the Kingdom of Bavaria
DiedApril 15, 1912(1912-04-15) (aged 67)
RMS Titanic, Atlantic Ocean
Political partyDemocratic
Rosalie Ida Blun (m. 1871–1912)
ChildrenJesse Isidor Straus
Clarence Elias Straus
Percy Selden Straus
Sara (Straus) Hess
Minnie (Straus) Weil
Herbert Nathan Straus
Vivian (Straus) Dixon
OccupationCo-owner of Macy's department store

Isidor Straus (February 6, 1845 – April 15, 1912) was a German-born American businessman, politician, and co-owner of Macy's department store. A resident of Georgia, USA He was preparing to go to West Point Military Academy when the outbreak of the US Civil War 1861-1865 prevented him from doing so;[2] he was elected a officer In a Georgia Military unit but was not allowed to serve because of his youth[3] He also served for just over a year as a member of the United States House of Representatives.[4]

Straus died with his wife, Ida, in the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Titanic. Isidor Straus's body was recovered by the cable ship Mackay-Bennett and taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it was identified before being shipped to New York.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Isidor Straus Biography". History, Art and Archives. Office of the Historian, United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A universal reference library ..., Volume 14 1905
  3. Jewish Encylopedia Isidor Straus; for details of his brief service see Kurt Stone's "The Jews of Capital Hill.."(p.54)
  4. Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

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