Macy’s Nathan Straus saved lives


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 Roosevelt Hoover.

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.

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