Straus, Nathan, 1848-1931

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Dates:
Birth 1848-01-31
Death 1931-01-11
French, English, German

Biographical notes:

Nathan Straus (1848-1931) was a German-born New York City businessman and philanthropist. After making his fortune as a partner in the New York department stores Abraham and Straus and R.H. Macy and Co., Straus, with his wife Lina Gutherz Straus, turned to philanthropy. He advocated milk pasteurization to check the spread of tuberculosis, opening the Nathan Straus Pasteurized Milk Laboratory in New York in 1892; founded the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children in New Jersey in 1909; supported Jewish colonization efforts in Palestine; and provided relief for the poor during economic and natural disasters. Straus served as Park Commissioner in New York City from 1889 to 1893, as president of the New York City Board of Health in 1898, and in 1894 refused the Democratic nomination for mayor.

From the guide to the Nathan Straus papers, 1840-1990, 1865-1930, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Nathan Straus (1848-1931) was a German-born New York City businessman and philanthropist.

After making his fortune as a partner in the New York department stores Abraham and Straus and R.H. Macy and Co., Straus, with his wife Lina Gutherz Straus, turned to philanthropy. He advocated milk pasteurization to check the spread of tuberculosis, opening the Nathan Straus Pasteurized Milk Laboratory in New York in 1892; founded the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children in New Jersey in 1909; supported Jewish colonization efforts in Palestine; and provided relief for the poor during economic and natural disasters. Straus served as Park Commissioner in New York City from 1889 to 1893, as president of the New York City Board of Health in 1898, and in 1894 refused the Democratic nomination for mayor.

From the description of Nathan Straus papers, 1840-1990, bulk (1865-1930). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122640042

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Subjects:

  • Public health--New York (State)--New York
  • Jewish farmers
  • Harness racehorses
  • Elections
  • Zionism
  • Zionists--United States--Societies, etc
  • Jewish farmers--Palestine
  • Agricultural colonies
  • Zionists--Societies, etc
  • Milk--Pasteurization
  • Earthquakes
  • Tuberculosis--Prevention
  • Infants--Mortality
  • Agricultural colonies--Palestine
  • Public health
  • Earthquakes--Italy

Occupations:

  • Philanthropists

Places:

  • Palestine (as recorded)
  • Italy (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)