Morris Newberger (director) 1880-1900

Founder of the Jewish Publication Society

Morris Newburger, President of the Jewish Publication Society of America, was born in Germany on November 12th, 1834. In 1854 he came to the United States, and moved to New York. After a time he ended up in Philadelphia, where he resided until his death.

Soon after he came to Philadelphia, Newburger entered into partnership with Adolph, Albert, and David Hochstailter, brothers of his wife, Miss Betty Hochstadter, whom he married in 1862. Under the firm name of Newburger and Hochstadters, the house rose to importance in the wholesale clothing trade. After a while the brothers Hochstadter withdrew and Mr. Newburger associated with his sons.

Beyond business, Mr. Newburger was, for upwards of twenty-five years, a Trustee of Keneseth Israel Congregation, and had served for a lengthy period as its Vice-President and Chairman of its School Committee. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio.

What gave Newburger national prominence, however, was his position as President of the Jewish Publication Society of America. He had assumed an active part in the establishment of that Society, and on its organization was selected to the office. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations among a slew of other secular organizations. His tenure as a director for the Bank lasted for 20 years.

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