Some are profoundly impacted by historical events; others have a profound impact on history.
Nathan Straus witnessed and prevented tragedies of historic proportions in his lifetime.
Nathan Straus was born on Jan. 31, 1848 and died in 1931. A proponent of pasteurized milk as an adult, his actions are credited with saving countless lives — even by President
Straus’s brother, Isidor — who co-owned Macy’s department store with him — and sister-in-law, Ida, died when the RMS Titanic sank in 1912. Straus Park in New York City is dedicated in their honor.
Read Nathan Straus’s obituary from 1931.