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 Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss

Birth
Buttenheim, Landkreis Bamberg, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 26 Sep 1902 (aged 73)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Memorial ID 1608 · View Source
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German-American Businessman. He founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans. His firm of Levi Strauss & Co. began in 1853 in San Francisco, California. Levi's sister Fanny and her husband David Stern moved to St. Louis, Missouri, while Levi went to live in Louisville, Kentucky and sold his brothers' supplies there. Levi became an American citizen in January 1853. The family decided to open a West Coast branch of their dry goods business in San Francisco, which was the commercial hub of the California Gold Rush. Levi was chosen to represent them, and he took a steamship for San Francisco, where he arrived in early March 1853 and joined his sister's family. Strauss opened his wholesale business as Levi Strauss & Co. and imported fine dry goods from his brothers in New York, including clothing, bedding, combs, purses, and handkerchiefs. He made tents and later jeans while he lived with Fanny's growing family. Jacob W. Davis was one of his customers and one of the inventors of riveted denim pants in 1871, and he went into business with Strauss to produce blue jeans. The two men patented the new style of work pants in 1873.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1608
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Levi Strauss (26 Feb 1829–26 Sep 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1608, citing Home of Peace Cemetery and Emanu-El Mausoleum, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .