Adolph Mack: Jewish Pioneer of the San Joaquin Valley & San Francisco, California

Adolph Mack

Adolph Mack, #WS2069

Adolph Mack, #WS2069

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Three brothers, Adolph, Solomon, and Julius J. Mack, were born in New York in the 1850’s.

They were three of the ten children of Lawrence and Miriam Mack.

[Click here for our Solomon Mack exhibit. Click here for our Julius Mack exhibit.]


San Joaquin Valley & San Francisco

In 1875, the brothers came together to California, settling first in the San  Joaquin Valley.

They soon went their separate ways, then reunited to make their fortunes and contributions to their community.

Adolph Max, a druggist, first moved to Visalia for five years.

He relocated to San Francisco to run the wholesale drug company, J. J. Mack & Co.founded by his brother Julius.



Adolph Mack was a major giver to the San Francisco Jewish Orphan Asylum.

He also imbued his sons with the spirit of giving. His two oldest are recorded as making donations to the orphanage when they were just fifteen and sixteen years old.

The Pacific Jewish Orphans Asylum, San Francisco, #WS2774

The Pacific Jewish Orphans Asylum, San Francisco, #WS2774


Adolph Mack married Clara Gerstle in 1882.


Adolph Mack died in 1948. Services were held at the Home of Peace in Colma, California.


  • Norton B. Stern, “The Mack Brothers: Merchants & Philanthropists, San Francisco, Visalia & Port Hueneme,” Western States Jewish History 41/2.