Isaac W. Taussig

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Isaac William Taussig
22nd Mayor of Jersey City
In office
May 3, 1880 – May 4, 1884
Preceded by Henry J. Hopper
Succeeded by Gilbert Collins
Personal details
Born July 30, 1850
New York City
Died East Orange, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cecilia Frank
Relations Samuel Taussig, brother
Children Jerome Lafayette Taussig
Allan Lincola Taussig
Frank Taussig (1892-1982)
Residence Jersey City, New Jersey

Isaac William Taussig (July 30, 1850 – 9 Feb 1917) was the 22nd Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey serving from May 3, 1880 to May 4, 1884.


The son of German Jewish immigrants, Taussig was born on July 30, 1850 in Manhattan, New York City.[1] He had as siblings: Samuel Taussig, and Noah W. Taussig. Taussig became a sugar refiner with American Molasses Company and a candy merchant. A Democrat, he was nominated in a very controversial selection, when the Jersey City Democrats voted not to re-nominate incumbent Henry J. Hopper.[2] Taussig won by a closer than expected majority.[3] He would go on to serve two terms as mayor.

In August 1883, during his second term as mayor, Taussig's rock candy company, Taussig & Hammerschlag, went out of business. In September, Taussig and his partner Moritz Hammerschlag were arrested and charged with fraud.[4] The Havemeyer Sugar Refining Company brought a lawsuit against them claiming they were induced to making a loan based on false financial statements made to Bradstreet's Mercantile Agency by Taussig in April 1883. Taussig and Hammerschlag lost the suit in December 1884.[5]

Taussig married Cecilia Frank in San Francisco on December 14, 1887.[6] He died in 1917. His widow died on May 8, 1933.[7]


  1. ^ "Fulop isn't Jersey City's first Jewish mayor - there was the infamous rock candy maker, and another". Hudson Reporter. May 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jersey City Politics. Democratic Nominations. An Unpopular Man For Mayor". New York Times. 1880-04-04. 
  3. ^ "New Jersey Elections". New York Times. 1880-04-04 [1].  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Mayor Taussig and his Partner Charged With Fraud". New York Times. 1883-10-24. Mayor Isaac W. Taussig, of Jersey City, and his partner, Moritz Hammerschlag, of the firm of Taussig Hammerschlag, rock candy manufacturers, of No. 50 Dey-street, who failed in September, were recently arrested and released on $9,000 bail on a warrant issued by Judge Barrett, of the Supreme Court, in a suit by the Havemeyer Sugar. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Mayor Taussig's Testimony". New York Times. 1884-12-13. 
  6. ^ San Francisco Morning Call. 1887-12-19. p. 3.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Mrs. Isaac W. Taussig". New York Times. May 8, 1933. Retrieved 2010-03-29. Mrs. Cecelia Frank Taussig, widow of Isaac William Taussig, who was twice Mayor of Jersey City, died suddenly yesterday at her home ... 
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry J. Hopper
Mayor of Jersey City
Succeeded by
Gilbert Collins