MAURICE MULLER was born in Wesirtz, Bohemia, on January 31, 1871, son of Wilhelm and Theresa Muller, where his
father was a merchant.
The early years of his education were passed in the government schools of his native land, and when he was fourteen
years old he came to the United States. His parents remained in Bohemia, where they have since passed away. Mr.
Muller's first occupation after landing in New York was as an errand boy in a downtown concern. But he was an ambitious
lad, and by the time he had reached the age of eighteen, he was established in his own store, selling provisions.
Under the firm name of Muller & Daub, he then engaged in the liquor business from 1898 to 1903, at which time
he branched out into building ventures. He was among the pioneers of Hunt's Point, erecting there about seventy
five buildings, among them many large apartment houses. This experiment being a success, he sought again a new
section, this time in %Vest Bronx, where he built a large department store on the corner of the Grand Concourse
and Fordham Road, called the Wertheimer Building, and in addition put up many apartment houses and business structures.
Mr. Muller is very active politically, philanthropically and fraternally, in addition to his wide business connections.
He is vice president of The Bronx Builders' Protective Association, vice president of The Bronx Board of Trade
and is a director of the Cosmopolitan Bank. He is a Democrat, and was an elector in the John W. Davis campaign.
During the war he served on Draft Board No. 2. He is a director of The Bronx Chapter of the Boy Scouts, vice presidents
of The Bronx County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a director of The Bronx Hospital and the
Young Men's Hebrew Association, and chairman of the Finance Committee of the Lions Club of The Bronx. Fraternally,
he is affiliated with Bronx Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Hope Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons,
and Mecca Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
On June 1, 1898, Maurice Muller married Gabriella Daub, daughter of William and Mary Daub. To Mr. and Mrs. Muller
six children have been born: Nelson James, Sylvia, Winifred, Elsie, William, Julian. The family are members of
the Tremont Temple, of which Mr. Muller is a trustee.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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