Biography of Emil Joseph
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

EMIL JOSEPH for over forty years has been a member of the Cleveland bar, engaged in an extensive law business, with affiliated business interests, and has been one of the prominent men in the civic and philanthropic movements of this city.

He was born in New York City, September 5, 1857, son of Moritz and Jetted (Selig) Joseph. His parents were born in Germany; Moritz Joseph, who brought his family from New York City to Cleveland in 1873, was for many years a prominent clothing manufacturer, being one of the founders of The Joseph and Feiss Company. In addition to his prominence in a business way he was active in civic and benevolent affairs, particularly those originating in and affecting the interests of Jewish people. Hundreds of friends revere his memory and his good deeds. He died in June, 1917, and in March, 1918, his wife passed away. Both were over three score and ten.

Emil Joseph was in his fifteenth year when the family came to Cleveland. This city has been his home for over half a century. He had attended the public schools of New York City, graduated from the Central High School of Cleveland in 1875, and then returned to New York to complete his higher education in Columbia University. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree there in 1879 and took his law degree from the Columbia University Law School in 1881. In that year he was admitted to the bars of New York and Ohio, and forthwith entered upon the profession of law in Cleveland. He has handled a general practice. He has accumulated various business and financial interests, being one of the directors of the Union Trust Company, one of the most important financial organizations in Cleveland.

His time, energies and means have been freely at the disposal of those public interests represented in worthy civic and philanthropic movements. He is a director of the Cleveland Public Library, is chairman of the local board of the Jewish Orphan Home, and is a member of the City Club, Excelsior Club, Oakwood Country Club, Town Club, of which he is president, Western Reserve Club, Tippecanoe Club, Cleveland Bar Association, American Bar Association, Ohio Society of New York, Columbia University Club of New York, and the Cleveland Alumni Association of Columbia University, of which he is president. He has also found time to develop many intellectual and artistic interests. An interesting hobby has been a collection of engravings, etchings and portraits of men and women distinguished throughout the world, including one of the largest collections of Washingtons and Lincolns. His private library contains over five thousand volumes.

Mr. Joseph married December 8, 1891, Fannie Dryfoos of Cleveland. She was born at Fremont, Ohio. Three children were born to their marriage. Alice, who finished her education at Vassar College, is the wife of a well known Cleveland attorney, Adrian Ettinger, and is the mother of two children, Robert J. and Ernest Ettinger. The second daughter, Lucy, finished her education in Smith College and is the wife of Louis S. Bing, Jr., president and treasurer of the Bing Furniture Company of Cleveland. The only son is Frank E. Joseph, now in his senior year at Columbia University.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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