Eugene MeyerValues Code – I-H-E-P
Born in France in 1842, Eugene Meyer came to Los Angeles in 1861 and worked in a dry goods store owned by his cousin, Solomon Lazard.
Eventually he bought the store, enlarged it, and named it the City of Paris.
Eugene Meyer served as French consul in Los Angeles.
In 1883 he moved to San Francisco to become the West Coast manager of Lazard Freres.
Ten years later he moved to New York to head the company. Lazard Freres, a major international bank, is now located in Paris, France.
Eugene Meyer married Harriet Newmark, daughter of Los Angeles Jewish pioneer Joseph Newmark, in 1867.
Eugene and Harriet had eight childrenTheir son, Eugene Meyer, Jr., bought The Washington Post in 1933 and later purchased Newsweek.
Eugene Meyer Sr. died in 1925.
“Jews in the News”
A Los Angeles French Born Jew makes a Request — 1872
To the Honorable Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles.
Your petitioners, the officers and members of the French Benevolent Society, respectfully petition your honorable body, for a plot of ground in the city cemetery, in which to bury their members, similar to the plots given or sold to the Masons and Odd Fellows. We hope that your honorable body will consider our petition favorably.
Eugene Meyer, President, French Benevolent Society
Los Angeles City Council Minutes, November 21, 1872, WSJH, Vol. 15, #4
More information can be found in the following issue of Western States Jewish History:
- Meyers, Eugene; My Early Years; Los Angeles; Meyers, Eugene; 5/2.
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