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Nathan Straus Honored on 75th Birthday

January 30, 1923
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The birthday of Nathan Straus, seventy five years old to morrow, will be celebrated in many cities throughout the country by Jews emulating his example of giving without stint. A special effort will be made to collect the outstanding pledges from the last Jewish War Relief Campaign, in honor of the “Grand Old man or American Jewry,” the day being designated as Nathan Straus Relief Remittance Day.

The esteem in which Nathan Straus, venerable philanthropist, is held by this country, is shown by the tributes paid him as “Great Merchant, Great Philanthropist, Great American”, in a special number of THE JEWISH TRIBUNE and THE HEBREW STANDARD, dedicated to him on his seventy-fifth birthday to-morrow.

Beginning with President Harding, the nation’s leaders have written congratulatory letters to Mr. Straus through which they emphasize the good work he has accomplished by his pure milk work, in which he was a pioneer, and his many other philanthropies, world wide in their extent, have always been carried on, irrespective of race or creed.


President Harding in his letter to Dr. Nehemiah Mosessohn, Editor of The Jewish Tribune and the Hebrew Standard, wrote:

I am obliged to you for your note calling my attention to the fact that Nathan Straus is to celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday anniversary on the last day of this month and that a special tribute is to be paid to him. Mr. Straus’ public services and private and public philanthropies have deserved very much of his fellow citizens, and I hope he may live through many more years of similar usefulness.

Included among the large number of those who paid tribute to Nathan Straus were the following: Vice President Calvin Coolidge, Secretary of State Charles E. Hughes, Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace, Secretary of Labor James J. Davis, Post-master General Hubert Work, Governor Alfred E. Smith, Mayor John F. Hylan Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, Archbishop Patrick J. Hayes, Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Adolph S. Ochs, Arthur Brisbane, Louis Wiley, Albert D. Lasker, Micheal Friedman, Adolph Lewisohn, Sannzel Utermyer, Eugene Meyer, Jr., Emile Berliner, Judge Julian W. Mack, Fannie Hurst, Mrs. Mary Fels, Mrs. Alexander Kohut, Judge Otto A. Rosalsky and Dr. Lee K. Frankel.

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