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Isidor Israel Bush (Busch)

Birthplace: Prague, Bohemia
Death: Died in St Louis, MO, USA
Place of Burial: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jakob Isak Busch and Fredericka Busch
Husband of Theresa Taussig
Father of Raphael Bush

Occupation: Journalist, Businessman, Viticulturist, Civic Leader, Abolitionist.
Managed by: James J Blum
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About Isidor Israel Bush

Isidor Bush was a prominent Jewish leader in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was a businessman and created a viticulture program in the local area.

In 1849 the Jewish leaders of St. Louis Missouri started the B'nai B'rith Congregation. These men included Isidor Bush, M.A. Taussig, Daniel Block, Ludwig Schwarzkopf and many other businessmen.

Reference: Zion in the Valley by Walter Ehrlich, a history of the early development of the Jewish population in St. Louis up to 1900. Quote:

"In 1849 Ludwig, along with Daniel Block, Solomon Steindler, John Fleishman, Moses Epstein, Hyman Epstein, M. Sternbach, Herman Block, Jacob Wachtel, Adolph Wachtel, Joseph Katz, Nathan Aschner, Adolph Aschner, Adolph Klauber, Julius Augstein, Joseph Levi, Moses Brumi, Ephraim Fischel, M.A. Taussig, Daniel Winkler, Benard Singer and Isidor Bush started the B'nai B'rith Congregation in St. Louis."

Reference Jewishlight Newsletter of February 20, 2014 retrieved January 10, 2015, link

"On April 16, 1855, 10 years (nearly to the day) before the death of President Abraham Lincoln, the cornerstone ceremony took place at the site, which was attended by St. Louis Mayor Washington King and Rabbi Bernard Illowy, recently engaged rabbi of United Hebrew. B’nai El president Bernard Singer introduced local businessman Isidor Bush, who offered a brief history of how B’nai El resulted from the merger of the two smaller congregations.

The original letters that Bush sent to Isaac Leeser are available online here:

A biography of Bush is available online here:

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Isidor Israel Bush's Timeline

January 18, 1822
Prague, Bohemia
May 7, 1844
Age 22
Vienna, Austria
January 7, 1845
Age 22
Prague, Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
August 5, 1898
Age 76
St Louis, MO, USA
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States