Eugene Meyer, Sr. : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

Marc Eugene Meyer left San Francisco for New York, in 1893, to manage the New York office of Lazard Freres. Does anyone know how long he did that? Does anyone know anything about him? I have learned that his son, Eugene Charles Meyers, became powerful in financial and publishing circles (his daughter was Katherine Graham of Washington Post fame). Meyer's other son, Edgar, was lost on the Titanic. His two daughters married Sigmund and Abraham Stern, who ran Levi Strauss & Co.

-- Jan C. Nielsen (, September 03, 2001


You can find some info in Katherine Grahams' book "Personal Hostory". An excerpt you can find at:


-- Bob Verbrugge (, September 04, 2001.

The Meyers were cousins to the Lazards. The Lazard brothers came to the U.S. from Alsace Lorraine, a part of France. They started a dry goods and clothing store and called it Lazard Freres in 1847. After they heard about the Gold Rush, their store burned down and so they came out to San Francisco for a new beginning and agained opened a dry goods and clothing store in 1849. Now having made a great deal of money in their business, they decided to close down their business and try to make even more money by opening up a bank which became one of the largest banks in the West called the London, Paris and American bank. In 1883, cousin Eugene Meyer was asked to run the San Francisco office while the Lazards set up headquarters in New York and branches in New Orleans, London and Paris.

-- Harry Murphy (*), October 28, 2001.

I am Edgar Meyer's great-grandson. While Edgar died on the Titanic, his father Eugene wsa extremely succesful on Wall Street and became the head of the World Bank. Did he work at LF, I honestly do not know. I still have all of Edgar's letters to his parents and many pictures of the family. It is also true that Katherine Graham was a decedent of the Meyer family.

-- Jim Iseman (, June 19, 2004.

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