Jacob Weinberger: Federal Judge Who Left His Mark on Arizona and San Diego California, Part 1


Jacob "Jake" Weinberger, Globe, Arizona, 1907, #WS1217

Jacob “Jake” Weinberger, Globe, Arizona, 1907,

Jacob Weinberger

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Jacob Weinberger was born in Hungary, in 1882.

Jacob Weinberger arrived in New York, in 1889, with his mother and 7 of 9 siblings.

From New York they traveled by train to Denver, Colorado, where they arrived that same year.



Jacob “Jake” Weinberger worked as a newsboy in Denver, helped with family’s cow, horse, and worked in family grocery store.

He shined shoes and worked in a dry goods store during summer vacation from school.

Weinberger witnessed a lynching of a saloon keeper accused of killing a Civil War veteran.

During high school in Cripple Creek, Colorado, a gold mining town, he worked at a stationers shop and at his older brother’s candy store, and delivered the Denver Post.

Between High School and Law School, Jacob Weinberger worked in the Pueblo, Colorado steelworks.

He attended Colorado School of Law at Boulder, Colorado right out of Denver High, in 1901.

Tuition was $20.00 per semester and boarding fees were $11.25 per semester

Weinberger’s high school music instructor was Wilberforce J. Whiteman, father of future bandleader, Paul Whiteman.

Jacob Weinberger began his private law practice in Denver, Colorado, in 1904


Gila County, Arizona

Weinberger moved his law practice to Globe, Arizona, in 1905, where the copper mines were booming.

From 1907 to 1909, he was Assistant District Attorney of Gila County, after which he returned to private practice as Elliott & Weinberger.

Weinberger had decent earnings when the town of Globe began loosing out to Miami, Arizona, where a new copper strike had been made.

His wife had health problems, so the family left for the milder weather of San Diego in 1911.



Jacob Weinberger was one of 52 delegates to the Arizona Constitutional Convention representing Gila County in 1910.

There, he was a proponent of Two-State solution: Arizona and New Mexico.



In Globe, Arizona,Weinberger was a member of the Masons, Eagles, and President of the Aerie.

In Tucson, he was a part of the Scottish Rite Consistory.

In Phoenix, he was a member of the Mason’s El Zariba Temple.



Jacob Weinberger married  Blanche Ruth Solomon, daughter of the Solomonville Solomons in 1907.

Solomonville was 90 miles from Globe, so their courtship was “conducted by motorcar.”

Rabbi Martin Zielonka of El Paso presided at the wedding.

Together Jacob and Blanche Weinberger had two children, Adrienne and Richard.



  • Leland Stanford, “Jacob Weinberger: United States Federal Judge,” Western States Jewish History Journal 43/2.

Regina Merwin is curator of this Jacob Weinberg exhibit.