Brooklyn's Jewish Businessmen: Pre: 1925 Bachrach-Bailey


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Herman S. Bachrach, of 215 Montague Street, one of the leading Brooklyn attorneys, knows the character, the temperament and the peculiarities of this boro as indeed few men do. This is due not alone to the fact that Bachrach has been living in Brooklyn almost since his birth, but principally to the man's huge capacity for observation and analysis, a capacity that also made him the brilliant legal mind that he is.

Bachrach was born October 3, 1872, in Ohio, and was brought to Brooklyn a year later. Here he attended public school, Boys' High School, and New York University, from which he graduated with a law degree in 1893. On October 3, of the same year, and precisely on his twenty-first birthday, he was admitted to the bar. He hung up his shingle in Brooklyn immediately afterwards. Since 1908 he has been the senior member of Bachrach & Bachrach, of which Clarence G., his brother, a professor at the Brooklyn Law School is the junior member.

Not without the cutting, though kindly, sense of humor, for which he is justly known, Bachrach fastens upon the individual Brooklynite the responsibility for handicapping the boro's growth. He sees a sort of social malady gnawing the community at large, and this malady might be termed as the utter indifference of residents of one section towards those of any other; a kind of pure egotism mixed with a "I don't give a hang" attitude.

With a greater cohesion which would come with a display of more interest on the part of the "sectionalist" in Brooklyn as a whole, and with a wider social intercourse than exists at present, he discerns a truly remarkable development, in all the phases of a city's growth.

Bachrach is on the Grievance Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Jewish Federation of Charities, the Elks, the Union Temple, the Hebrew Educational Society of Brownsville, the Rockaway Yacht Club, and Masonic Lodge 445.

His relaxations are: the theater, boating, fishing, reading.

He is married, and lives at 175 Eastern Parkway.


It would be utterly impossible to discuss or write about real estate in Brooklyn, without referring time and again to Frank Bailey, whose name is as a matter of immutable fact, inextricably interwoven with the realty growth of this boro. One who attempts to survey the present situation, or to delve into records of the recent past, or, still further, to trace through interviews the human hands and brains that were at work in building up Brooklyn, inevitably comes tot his name Frank Bailey a name that is held in widespread high regard not exclusively in the realty circles of Brooklyn, but in its other lines of endeavor of life as well.

Bailey came to Brooklyn in 1885, as a youth of twenty, following the completion of his college education at the Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., of which he is now treasurer. And those who are fortunate enough to remember the Brooklyn of that time, well realize what gigantic strides the city has taken in the direction of its up building, remarkable even in the face of the brilliant possibilities which still lie ahead. Enthusiastic, energetic and perspicacious, young Bailey soon comprehended the latent riches of the place he had come to, and with his characteristic energy and patience he began laying plans for his career in it.

Bailey's present affiliations, enumerated below, probably illustrate better than anything else the workings of his rigidly cogent mind, and his lucid reasoning powers, which led him to his present notable niche in so many diverse organizations. And his amazing ability to size up a proposition, coldly and penetratingly, heedless of the heated fervor that may surround it, is indeed well-known in Brooklyn. If one adds to this that Bailey possesses a matchless erudition of all the factors that are brought into play in real estate transactions, then one sees clearly the background that accounted for his startling success.

Frank Bailey was born on July 5, 1865, in Chatham, N.Y. After public school and high school education there, he went to Schenectady, N.Y., where he entered Union College, which, in later years, numbered Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the Electrical Wizard, among its faculty members. In college he took up a general educational course.

Bailey participated in some of the largest developments in the boro. He has been instrumental in financing so many, that the listing of them would prove cumbersome. And with his penchant for a varied life and effort, he had not omitted any opportunities outside of the strictly realty field. But aside from business he takes a wide and manifold part in the social and communal life of the boro, in which he is as popular as he is with his business colleagues.

Bailey is Chairman of the Board of the Title Guarantee and Trust Company, and of Realty Associates: Director of Long Island Safe Deposit Company; Bond and Mortgage Guarantee Company, Nassau National Bank, Brooklyn Edison Company, Westchester Title and Trust Company, N.Y. Investors Corporation, Thompson-Starrett Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Borough Park Company, Bush Terminal Company, Bush Terminal Building Company, City Real Estate Company, President of Bensonhurst Company, Treasurer of the Union College, Trustee of Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, Treasurer of Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, Director Hudson Insurance Company, Chairman Prudence Corporation, Chairman Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Director Beechwood Investment Company, and Director of Brighton by the Sea, Inc.

His Clubs are Brooklyn, Hamilton, Riding and Drivi8ng, Sons of the Revolution, Chamber of Commerce, Triton Fish and Game Club, American Scenic and Historical Preservation Society, N.Y. Chamber of Commerce, Phi Beta Kappa, Union College, University Club of Brooklyn, B.P.O. Elks No. 22. Columbia Company Assn., Arkansas Pass, Nassau Country, Bankers Club of New York, L.I. Country Club, and the Adirondack League.


Website: The History
Article Name: Brooklyn's Jewish Businessmen: Pre: 1925 Bachrach-Bailey
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


BIBLIOGRAPHY: Building up Greater Brooklyn: with sketches of men instrumental in Brooklyn's amazing development, Brooklyn, N.Y. by Leon Wexelstein; Brooklyn Biographical Society 1925.
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