STRAUS, Isidor

1845–1912

Biography

STRAUS, Isidor, a Representative from New York; born in Otterberg, Rhenish Bavaria, Germany, February 6, 1845; immigrated to the United States in 1854 and settled in Talbotton, Ga.; attended Collinsworth Institute; moved to New York City in 1865 and engaged in mercantile pursuits and later became owner of R.H. Macy and Company; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ashbel P. Fitch and served from January 30, 1894, to March 3, 1895; was not a candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; resumed the mercantile business in New York City; member of the New York and New Jersey Bridge Commission; perished in the wreck of the steamship Titanic on April 15, 1912; the body was subsequently recovered and interred in the family vault in Beth-El Cemetery, Fresh Pond Road, Brooklyn, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (March 21, 1904) in the W.R. Grace collection. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 1 letter (November 6, 1901) in the Samuel Greenbaum collection. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 2 letters (October 1896) in the Allan Nevins collection. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 1 letter (December 10, 1900) in the Plimpton collection. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 2 letters (1902, 1911) in the Edward Morse Shepard collection. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 2 letters (1909) in the H.P. Willis collection. Finding aid in repository.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1894-1897. 3 letters. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Milburn, John G. (John George). Isidor Straus and Another Composing the Firm of R. H. Macy & Co., Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs-in-error, vs. American Publishers' Association, et al., Defendants and Defendants-in-error. New York: Chas. P. Young Co., printers, [1912].

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