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Isidor Straus

U.S. Congressperson from Germany,United States of America

Isidor Straus Isidor Straus (February 6, 1845 – April 15, 1912), a German-American, was co-owner of Macy's department store with his brother Nathan. He also served briefly as a member of the United States House of Representatives. He died with his wife, Ida, in the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Titanic. Isidor Straus was born in Otterberg county of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He was the first of five children of Lazarus Straus (1809–1898) and his second wife Sara (1823–1876). His siblings were Hermine (1846–1922), Nathan (1848–1931), Jakob Otto (1849–1851) and Oscar Solomon Straus (1850–1926). In 1854 he and his family immigrated to the United States following his father Lazarus who immigrated two years before. They settled in Talbotton where Lazarus had opened a dry goods store. At the outbreak of the American Civil War Isidor volunteered to serve for the Confederate States Army but was turned down. The governor explained that "there were not arms enough to equip the men, to accept boys as soldiers was out of the question." Isidor worked in his father's store for about 18 months while his father's partner served in the 4th Georgia Regiment. When his father's partner came back discharged owing  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1845-02-06
Place of birth
Otterberg
Nationality
Germany,United States of America
Parents
Lazarus Straus
Spouse(s)
Ida Straus
Children
Jesse I. Straus
Siblings
Hermine Straus Kohns Nathan Straus Oscar Straus
Profession
Politician

Death

Date of death
1912-04-15
Cause of death
Drowning
Place of death
Atlantic Ocean
Place of burial
Woodlawn Cemetery

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