Ben R. Meyer

Ben R. Meyer

Birth
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 6 Mar 1957 (aged 77)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Ascension, Map E34, Lot 1092, Space 1
Memorial ID 112491400 · View Source
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Banker. Chairman of the Board of Union Bank & Trust Company, a bank he helped form. Basically forced into the banking business as the result of the accumulation of client funds in the wool trading business, the Kaspare Cohn Commercial & Savings Bank was founded in 1914. Kaspare Cohn was his father-in-law and was very prominent in Los Angeles Jewish and civic affairs. Mr. Meyer was named Vice President. He was named its President in 1916 when the bank was renamed Union Bank & Trust.

Meyer was also a director of the Southern California Gas Company. He was a trustee of Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (a facility previously formed by his father-in-law), and his widespread business interests linked him with every facet of the growth of Southern California.

At his death the Los Angeles City Council adjourned in his memory and the governor at that time expressed condolences publicly. The Water & Power Commission also adjourned in his memory, pointing out that he had helped obtain Congressional passage of a bill that ultimately led to the construction of Hoover Dam.

He actively pursued deep sea diving and in 1929 he was Winston Churchill's host on a fishing trip to Santa Catalina Island, during which time the British leader caught his first marlin, and the two posed for pictures with the 178 lb. catch. Until 1941, the Meyers' lived in an elaborate estate in Beverly Hills. This showpiece residence is profiled in Sam Watters book, "Homes of Los Angeles 1920-1935."


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  • Created by: Scott G
  • Added: 17 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 112491400
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ben R. Meyer (13 May 1879–6 Mar 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 112491400, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Scott G (contributor 453) .