Meyer Friede: Early Jewish Pioneer of St. Louis & First Jewish Legislator of Missouri

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Meyer Friede

Values Codes: I-E-L

 

Meyer Friede was born in 1821, in Kassel, Germany.

In 1838, Meyer Friede journeyed to America, at the age of 17.

 

St. Louis

In 1844, Meyer Friede settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where his sister Mariana lived with her husband, Louis Bauman.

Meyer Friede joined the L. Bauman Jewelry Company firm.

 

In 1883, Meyer Friede entered into a partnership with Morris Eisenstadt and Benjamin Altheimer to create the Eisenstadt Jewelry Company.

Meyer Friede was President of this company until his death in 1888.

 

Civic

From 1859-1862, Meyer Friede served in the Lower House of the Missouri General Assembly.

He was an abolitionist, who spoke out in support of the Union’s opposition to slavery.

Meyer Friede was the first Jewish legislator in State of Missouri. 

 

During the 1870s, Meyer Friede served as Commissioner of the Municipal Charitable and Penal Institution.

 

Community

In 1847, Meyer Friede became a founding member of Congregation Emanu El, which eventually became B’nai El Congregation.

Friede was on the Board of Trustees and also served as President.

 

Fraternal

Meyer Friede was also a high ranking Mason.

 

Meyer Friede died in 1888.

He is buried in the New Mount Sinai Cemetery and Mausoleum in St. Louis.

 

Sources

  • Ehrlich, Walter. Zion in the Valley: The Jewish Community of St. Louis.  Volume 1. Columbia, Mo: University of Missouri Press, 1997.
  • Schwartz, Ellen Jane Freund. Freund Family Chronicles. 1992. http://home.earthlink.net/~anschwartz/personal/genealogy/freund/chronicles.htm

Samantha Silver is Curator of this Meyer Friede Exhibit.

Appropriate pictures would be appreciated.

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