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Simon Wolf was a United States businessman, lawyer, writer, diplomat and Jewish activist.


Wolf, Simon was born on October 28, 1836 in Hinzweiler, Bavaria. Son of Levi and Amalia Wolf.


For several years, he followed business pursuits, but began to read law, and graduated from the Ohio Law College in Cleveland in 1861.


He emigrated to the United States in 1848, making his home in Uhrichsville, Ohio. He was admitted to the bar in Mount Vernon, Ohio, that same year. He opened a practise in New Philadelphia, Ohio, where he remained a year.

In 1862 he went to , and opened a law office. In 1869, he was appointed recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia, holding that office until May 1878. In July 1881, he received the post of consul general in Egypt, which he resigned in May 1882.

He made friendships with presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley and Woodrow Wilson. He was active in Jewish charitable and educational movements, and was a frequent lecturer on social, literary, and political topics. 19, of He was very active in the Independent Order B'nai B'rith, of which he was president from 1903 to 1905.


  • He was the founder and president of the Hebrew Orphans' Home at Atlanta, Ga., and president of the Board of Children's Guardians, Washington.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Influence of the Jews on the Progress of the World, 1876. The American Jew as Soldier, Patriot and Citizen, 1896. Biography of M. M. Noah, 1898.

      Biography of Commodore U. P. Levy. The Presidents I Have Known, 1917 (14 of them). Degree of Doctor of Laws, given on 84th birthday by Hebrew Union College.

      Also made honorary trustee by Hebrew Congregation, Washington, District of Columbia.


Wolf was a prominent freemason, member of Lafayette lodge, No.


Married Caroline Hahn, August 2, 1857 (died 1891). Married second, Amy Lichtenstein, November 3, 1892.

Levi Wolf

Amalia Wolf

Amy Lichtenstein

Caroline Hahn