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LEVI, James

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LEVI, James. (Saar Union, Germany, March 24, 1841-- ). Upon the completion of his education at the Third Ward School, Levi entered the dry goods store of C. W. ARTHUR. He remained there two years mastering the details of the business and then became a clerk for his uncle Alexander LEVI. (1)

In 1862 he opened his own business, JAMES LEVI AND COMPANY, at the corner of 8th and Main. He was the major stockholder in both the DUBUQUE WAGON BRIDGE and UNION ELECTRIC COMPANY. (2) In 1909 on behalf of the DUBUQUE HIGH BRIDGE COMPANY, a bus line went into service between Dubuque and East Dubuque. (3)

When Levi died, so many people wanted to attend the funeral (more than 600) that they could not be accommodated in the local temple. The visiting Rabbi from Chicago was invited to deliver his service from the pulpit of ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH.



1. Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 588

2. Ibid.

3. "Bridge Company Gets a 'Bus Line," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, December 14, 1909, p. 10