Roger Williams Straus Jr.

Male3 January 1917–25 May 2004

Brief Life History of Roger Williams

When Roger Williams Straus Jr. was born on 3 January 1917, in New York City, New York, United States, his father, Roger Williams Straus Sr., was 25 and his mother, Gladys Eleanor Guggenheim, was 21. He lived in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States for about 10 years. He died on 25 May 2004, in New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 87.

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Roger Williams Straus Sr.
Gladys Eleanor Guggenheim
Oscar Straus II
Roger Williams Straus Jr.

Sources (16)

  • Roger W Straus in household of Marie Shipman, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Roger W Straus, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • Roger W Straus, "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957"

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Siblings (2)

World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

1919 · Seattle General Strike

Age 2

The Seattle general strike was a five day strike in 1919, where around 65,000 workers began striking for higher wages. This happened two years after WWI  wage controls.


Age 23

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind gusts came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Strauss . This form of the surname is also found in some other European countries, e.g. in the Netherlands, Poland, and Slovenia. In Slovenia, it is, however, much more commonly spelled Štraus and Štravs (see below). The surname in the form Štraus is also found in Czechia and Slovakia.

Slovenian (Štraus): nickname from štravs, a dialect loanword from German meaning ‘awkward fellow’ and ‘ostrich’ (see Strauss 1 and 2). In North America, this surname is also an altered form of the standard variant Štravs. Compare Strauss 4.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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