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Lippman Sachs was born in Germany in 1837.
In 1861 he came to America with his brothers and settled in Jacksonville, Oregon.
That town was enjoying a mining boom, gold having been discovered there in the 1850s.
The Sachs store in Jacksonville featured ladies’ wear and dry goods and was called the Temple of Fashion.
After four highly successful years in Southern Oregon, Lippman Sachs came to California.
He settled in San Francisco in 1865 and became a member of the firm of Schweitzer, Sachs & Co., which included Bernard Schweitzer, Samuel Sachs and Louis Stiefel.
Soon Lippman and his brother Martin Sachs established L.&M. Sachs & Co., which became, “one of the most extensive wholesale houses on the Coast.”
The firm handled domestic and imported dry goods and clothing.
Lippman’s brother Samuel became the firm’s New York City buyer.
By the turn of the Century the wholesale house of Sachs Brothers & Co. was headed by Lippman and Samuel Sachs and their sister, Mrs. Louis (Matilda) Stiefel.
Lippman Sachs retired from business in 1906, and devoted himself to charitable, religious and public work.
Community & Fraternal
Lippman Sachs was very much an organizational man.
He was a member of the Eureka Benevolent Society and served as its President.
He was a 33rd degree Mason. He was a member of the Concordia Club.
Lippman Sachs was elected to the Board of Directors of Congregation Emanu-El in 1891
In 1892 he became the Treasurer of the Congregation for over a decade.
He was soon elected to the Presidency of Congregation Emanu-El.
In 1907, while he was Vice President of Congregation Emanu-El, Sachs ran for Supervisor of San Francisco.
Lippman Sachs was elected Supervisor with the next to the highest vote of all the candidates.
Known familiarly as “Lipp” Sachs, he had endeared himself to people of all classes of society by his generosity and his “exceedingly tolerant attitude to others.”
It was said that an appeal for any deserving cause was never made in vain to him.
Sachs readily condoned the faults and failing of those with whom he came into contact, which considering his activities as an employer and organizational figure, must have amounted to hundreds of people.
Sachs’ achievements in business and in organizational life “never turned his head.”
Lippman Sachs married Mary Libermuth, and three children survived them.
Lippman Sachs died in 1912, and his passing was a featured item in the San Francisco press of the next day.
He was referred to as “one of the best-known and most popular public-spirited men on the Pacific Slope.”
More information can be found in the following issues of Western States Jewish History:
- Sachs, Lippman, Pioneer Jews of San Francisco, Part Two, M-Z, Norton Stern, 41/2
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