Record of the Oscar S. Straus Memorial Association

Record of the Oscar S. Straus Memorial Association

Record of the Oscar S. Straus Memorial Association

Record of the Oscar S. Straus Memorial Association

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In 1929, the inception of the Oscar S. Straus Memorial Association was due to a poll taken by The Jewish Tribune in order to ascertain who, in the opinion of its readers, was, among American Jews, best entitled to a memorial in Washington. Various distinguished names were suggested of men who had performed fine service to our country, but like Abou ben Adhem, whose chief virtue lay in the love of his fellow men, that of Oscar S. Straus led all the rest.

In February 1929, a Joint Resolution was passed by Congress and signed by President Coolidge on his last day of office, authorizing the erection in Washington of a monument or memorial to Mr. Straus. Thereupon a group of his friends and admirers formed an organization to achieve that end and "to advance the ideals of public service held and practiced by the late Oscar S. Straus."

There is considerable significance in studying the composition of this group whose Honorary President was Herbert Hoover. Having occupied as Secretary of Commerce the Cabinet position formerly held by Mr. Straus, Mr. Hoover was soon to become the thirty-first President of the United States. Similarly, though less highly, associated with the activities and interests of the man we all were seeking to honor were the other initial Directors of the Memorial Association. Its first President was William Loeb, once, like Mr. Straus, a business man, and later, prior to becoming the Collector of the Port of New York, the private secretary of Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Straus' dear friend who had made him, the first Jew so honored, a member of the Presidential Cabinet. Lawyers were numerous in our group; and here we are reminded of those years when Oscar Straus made a name for him-

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