Eugene Meyer: Los Angeles Merchant & Civic Investor

Eugene Meyer as a Young Groom

Eugene Meyer, Los Angeles Merchant & Civic Investor

Eugene Meyer

Values 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.

The City of Paris, 1890's

Eugene Meyer’s City of Paris Store in Los Angeles, 1890’s


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, supplying the thousand of miners in the Gold Country, 150 miles to the East, with their needs.

Ten years later he moved to New York, to head the company.

Lazard Freres, (Lazard Family), 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 children

Harriet Newmark Meyer, 1867

Their grandson, Eugene Meyer, Jr., bought The Washington Post, in 1933, and later purchased Newsweek.

His daughter, Katherine Graham, ran the Washington Post for years.  


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.


Eugene Meyer’s Photo Gallery

Eugene Meyer, Los Angeles Merchant & Civic Investor.


Mrs. Eugene Meyer (Nee) Harriet Newmark, 1867


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