Biography of Mathias Strauss


Strauss, Mathias, Buffalo, was born in Remich, in the grand'duchy of Luxemburg, Germany, April 15, 1836, and came to America with his parents in 1850. His ancestors, including his father and grandfather, had been manufacturers of wool and sheep leather in their native town for over one hundred years. The family settled in Buffalo, where both father and son were employed in the Breithaupt & Schoellkopf tannery, the former at seventy-five cents and the latter at thirty-seven and a half cents per day. Within five years Mathias Strauss became foreman of the department for finishing and dyeing fancy sheep leather. In 1860, with a capital of $200, he rented the tannery and began business for himself, employing from eightyfive to one hundred men. In the spring of 1895 the plant was burned but it was rebuilt within six months, and is now one of the most important establishments of the kind in Buffalo. Mr. Strauss is a leading Democrat and was councilman in 1892 and 1893-95. He is a member of St. Mary's church and the Old German Society of Buffalo, an honorary member of the Knights of St. John, and a founder of a working boy's home, a church and an orphan asylum. November 15, 1859, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Brosart of Buffalo, and they have two sons, John A. and Charles, who are associated with their father in business.

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