Adolph Isaacs: Early Jewish Pioneer Clothing Merchant of St. Louis, Missouri

Adolph Isaacs

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Adolph Isaacs was born in 1823, in Posen, Prussia.

In 1842, at the age of 19, Isaacs came to America, settling in St. Louis, Missouri.


Adolph Isaacs was naturalized as an American citizen, in 1850.


St. Louis

Adolph Isaacs joined the mercantile industry, owning and operating the Oak Hill Clothing Store.

He was responsible for employing many immigrants.



Adolph Isaacs was a member of the United Hebrew Congregation.

Isaacs was also a member of the Hebrew Benevolent Society.



Adolph Isaacs was a member of the St. Louis Masonic Lodge.

He was also a member of B’nai B’rith.



Adolph Isaacs married Bertha Meyer (1840-1910).

They had 13 children (7 sons and 6 daughters).


Adolph Isaacs died in 1904.

He is buried in Mount Olive Cemetery (also known as the United Hebrew Cemetery).

Bertha Isaacs died in 1910.



  • Walter Ehrlich, Zion in the Valley: The Jewish Community of St. Louis (Volume 1. Columbia, Mo: University of Missouri Press, 1997).
  • Ellen Jane Freund Schwartz, Freund Family Chronicles (St. Louis, MO: 1992).

Samantha Silver is curator of this Adolph Isaacs exhibit.