Samuel H. Drachman
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Samuel H. Drachman was born in 1837 in Petrikev, near Lodz, in Russian occupied Poland.
After arriving in New York 1845, Samuel H. Drachman worked in the city for a while and then traveled to Charleston, South Carolina.
When the civil war broke out, Samuel H. Drachman served in the Confederate Army as a Major on the staff of General P.G.T. Boauregard.
Samuel H. Drachman arrived in Tucson in 1867, a town of about 1,000 people, where he joined his brother, Philip Drachman.
He engaged in merchandising for his first six years in Tucson.
Then he became a government contractor for the next 12 years.
Samuel H. Drachman carried mail between Tucson and Las Crusces, New Mexico for a while and in 1870 was the agent for the mail line between Tucson and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 1885 Samuel H. Drachman entered the wholesale and retail business in cigars, tobacco, and smokers’ articles. His store was noted as the leading establishment in its line in Tucson.
In his store, Samuel H. Drachma was the agent for the principal lottery companies in the United States, notably the great Louisiana State Lottery of New Orleans, as well as other Mexican lotteries.
Samuel H. Drachman was also an insurance agent, representing Traders and Travelers Accident Company of New York.
Samuel H. Drachman was also a railroad ticket broker, having tickets on hand for all traveling needs.
In later years Samuel H. Drachman opened a second tobacco shop in Phoenix.
“Mr. Drachman is one of our most popular and respected citizens, and has always taken an active part in the affairs of the city and county in which he has lived, and has held several important offices.” –Arizona Daily Citizen, 1890.
For two years Samuel H. Drachman served as a member of Tucson’s Common Council.
In 1874 Samuel H. Drachman was elected to represent Pima County in the legislative assembly of the Territory.
Samuel H. Drachman was heavily involved in the development of the Tucson school system.
Drachman contributed much to education. It said, “Public education in Tucson owes Mr. Drachman a great debt, for during the nine years of his service as school trustee, he achieved great and lasting results doing work which still stands as a memorial to him.” –Arizona:The Youngest State,
Samuel H. Drachman was a charter member of both the Arizona Historical Society, and the Masonic Order of Tucson.
A devout Jew, Samuel H. Drachman performed rituals in Hebrew at religious ceremonies such as weddings, since there were no rabbis in Tucson or Phoenix until the 1900s.
Samuel H. Drachma married Jenny Migal in 1875 in San Bernardino, California.
The couple had three children; Herbert, Lucille, and Myrtle.
Herbert Avenue in Tucson is named after, Herbert Drachman, one of his sons.
Samuel H. Drachman passed away in 1911.
More information can be found in the following issue of Western States Jewish History:
- Drachman, Samuel; Samuel Drachman: Arizona Pioneer; Arizona; 20/1
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