Edward Weinbaum (1891-1979)

Edward Weinbaum was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 4,1891. His father worked as a brewery engineer first in Providence, then in Minneapolis and later was an agent for an insurance company in Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Edward graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1909 and then worked as a cub reporter for the Pittsburgh Press and briefly for the Associated Press. In Portland he became part of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of a number of national organizations, including the National Retail Dry Goods Association, until his retirement in 1959. He was also the manager of the Portland Retail Trade Bureau and manager of the Trade and Commerce Department of the Portland Chamber of Commerce until retirement. In 1960, he was made honorary consul for the Federal Republic of Germany and helped get restitution from the German government for Jews affected by the Holocaust. He married Lovey Weinbaum in 1922, the same year that he was president of the Portland Lodge of B’nai B’rith.