Levi Strauss

Lob Strauss (1829 - 1902)

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Lob (Levi) "Loeb" Strauss
Born in Buttenheim, Bayernmap
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Died in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 25 May 2020 | Created 22 Apr 2013 | Last significant change: 25 May 2020
16:52: Gerald Neubauer edited the Birth Place for Lob Strauss (1829-1902). [Thank Gerald for this]
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Biography

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Levi Strauss is Notable.

Levi Strauss was one of the innovators of denim jeans, a uniquely American garment.[1][2]

Levi "Loeb" Strauss was born in Buttenheim, Bavaria on February 26, 1829 to Hirsch Strauss and his second wife, Rebecca (Haas) Strauss. Levi had three older brothers and three older sisters.[1][3][4][2][5]

Levi's father died of tuberculosis in 1846 (he and his first wife, Madel are buried in the Buttenheim Jewish Cemetery) and his mother, Rebecca, married her brother-in-law, Lippmann Strauss. The whole family moved into his house, but he died just three months later. Around 1848, Levi, his mother, and his sisters emigrated to New York, where they were met by his two older brothers, Jonas and Louis, who had emigrated circa 1836, establishing a New York City based wholesale dry goods business called 'J. Strauss Brother & Co.' Levi worked as a merchant in Bavaria, and established himself in the same industry when he landed in the US. He became a US citizen in 1853.[1][6][2]

By 1853, Levi had moved to San Francisco, where he started his Levi Strauss & Co. on Battery Street in San Francisco, California, selling dry goods, clothing, and imported items. Levi was an active resident of San Francisco, giving to charities and becoming one of the city's biggest philanthropists. He was also an active member of the local Jewish community. He joined the Congregation Temple Emanu-El, along with the rest of his family. In 1872, Levi was contacted by Jacob Davis, a tailor in Nevada who had started using rivets to add strength to garments he made. The two came up with a design and obtained their patent for riveted pocket jeans, sold as "waist overalls", on May 20, 1873, later deemed the "birth of blue jeans".[1][7][3][4][8][9][10][11][12]

Around September 22nd, Levi started complaining of heart trouble. It seemed to pass, and he spent time with family over the next couple days. Levi died in his sleep on September 26, 1902 at home in San Francisco, San Francisco, California.[13][14] He was buried in Home of Peace Cemetery.[13] Because Levi never married and had no children, his company was left to the shareholders, his nephews, Jacob, Louis, Abraham, and Sigmund Stern. All records from Levi Strauss & Co. were destroyed in a fire in 1906.[2][5]

The home the Strauss family lived in in Bavaria when Levi was born has been refurbished and is now a museum.[2]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 levistrauss.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Levi Strauss and His Family-New Information
  3. 3.0 3.1 "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MN6R-FFR : 19 March 2020), Levi Strauss in entry for David Steno, 1870.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PC-4LZ : 12 August 2017), Levi Strauss in household of William Sahlein, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district ED 80, sheet 220B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,075.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 18 May 2020), memorial page for Levi Strauss (26 Feb 1829–26 Sep 1902), Find A Grave: Memorial #1608, citing Home of Peace Cemetery and Emanu-El Mausoleum, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  6. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCTZ-QPT : 4 April 2020), Levy Strauss in household of Jonas Strauss, New York City, ward 7, New York, New York, United States; citing family 40, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. "California Great Registers, 1866- 1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYDH-QLH : 25 July 2019), Levi Strauss, 19 Jul 1866; citing Voter Registration, 621 Leavenworth, San Francisco, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,100.
  8. "California Great Registers, 1866-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VTX9-RSR : 25 July 2019), Levi Strauss, 23 Aug 1882; citing Voter Registration, 621 Leavenworth, San Francisco, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,203.
  9. "California Great Registers, 1866-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYDZ-3WG : 25 July 2019), Levi Strauss, 1886; citing Voter Registration, 621 Leavenworth, San Francisco, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,212.
  10. "California Great Registers, 1866-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VTXQ-YBS : 25 July 2019), Levi Strauss, 1888; citing Voter Registration, 621 Leavenworth, San Francisco, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,628.
  11. "California Great Registers, 1866-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VTX3-BSZ : 25 July 2019), Levi Strauss, 1892; citing Voter Registration, 621 Leavenworth, San Francisco, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,604.
  12. "California Great Registers, 1866-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYDD-39C : 25 July 2019), Levi Straus, 22 Jul 1898; citing Voter Registration, 621 Leavenworth, San Francisco, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 977,275.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "California Deaths and Burials, 1776-2000", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HGCN-LTPZ : 4 February 2020), Levi Strauss, 1902.
  14. "California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN5R-LMD : 5 August 2017), Levi Strauss, 26 Sep 1902; citing funeral home Halsted & Co., San Francisco, San Francisco, California, record book Vol. 2,, 1898-1913, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History and Archive Center.

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Thank you to Julie Arnold for creating WikiTree profile Strauss-196 through the import of 712bbh_220634bb2w9b7m11i5zbv2.ged on Apr 19, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Julie and others.




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I think this is a well written bio, a good example of how to do it! I am confused by this "Levi's father died of tuberculosis in 1846 (he and his first wife, Madel are buried in the Buttenheim Jewish Cemetery) and his mother, Rebecca, married her brother-in-law, Lippmann Strauss. The whole family moved into his house, but died just three months later." I am sure it was Lippmann Strauss who died (I think I am sure), but the second sentence "The whole family....." really indicates that the whole family died.
"Levi Strauss was the inventor of denim jeans" while correct is misleading. Levi Strauss patented the jeans but he didn't invent them. The actual invention of the jeans is attributed to a tailor of Ashkenazi Jewish origin who immigrated from present day Latvia. Tailor's name was Jacob W. Davis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_W._Davis

Levi Strauss is the marketing genius to whom we're forever grateful for the patent and promotion of this iconic garment.

posted by Patrick Munits
Hi Patrick, it looks like Abby has already edited the bio to reflect your comment.
posted by Julie Arnold
The following citation can be added:

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PC-4LZ : accessed 25 May 2016), Levi Strauss in household of William Sahlein, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district ED 80, sheet 220B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0075; FHL microfilm 1,254,075.

Here is his Wikipedia link. It says he was born in Buttenheim, Germany, and died in San Francisco, childless and without ever having married. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Strauss
posted by S (Hill) Willson

Levi is 27 degrees from Donald Howard, 19 degrees from Julia Howe and 23 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.