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Isidor Israel Bush (Busch)

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Prague, Bohemia
Death: August 5, 1898 (76)
St Louis, MO, USA
Place of Burial: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jakob Isak Busch and Friederike Busch
Husband of Theresa Bush
Father of Raphael Bush
Brother of Eduard Busch and Ignatz Busch
Half brother of ? Busch

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:

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A biography of Bush is available online here:

Journalist, Businessman, Civic Leader, Abolitionist. He was considered the most prominent Jew in Missouri during the 19th century. At the age of fifteen, he became involved in the printing business and began the study of foreign languages. He soon became part owner of Schmid and Bush, which became one of Vienna's largest publishers. After moving to America in 1848, he opened a small stationery and bookstore in New York City. His weekly journal "Israel's Herold" failed after only three months, and he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he opened a general store while continuing to write articles for various journals. In 1870 he organized the firm of Isidor Bush and Company, which became one of the most successful wine and liquor enterprises in St. Louis. He also became the general passenger agent and auditor for the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad Company and served as president of Peoples' Savings Bank in St. Louis. Bush was closely associated with B'nai B'rith, a worldwide Jewish community service organization that fights against antisemitism and anti-Israel bias; he helped to develop the B'nai B'rith Cleveland Orphans Home as well as developing several national insurance and endowment programs for the organization. During the Civil War, he served as secretary to General John Fremont and also served on the St. Louis Board of Education and the City Council. He attended several state conventions during the Civil War period as a delegate from St. Louis and was a strong opponent to slavery. (bio by: Connie Nisinger)

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Isidor Israel Bush's Timeline

January 18, 1822
Prague, Bohemia
January 7, 1845
Age 22
Vienna, Vienna, Austria
August 5, 1898
Age 76
St Louis, MO, USA
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States