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Distinguished American Jewish family, originating in Salzburg in southern Germany. Four branches of the family emigrate to the U.S. in the 19th century.

Mayer Sulzberger (1843-1923), brought to Philadelphia in 1849, became one of that city’s leading judges. He was a scholar of Jewish history, publishing studies on the legal and political institutions of ancient Judea. Cyrus Leo Sulzberger (1858-1932), his cousin, settled in New York and prospered in the textile trade. Entering municipal politics as a liberal, he maintained a life_long interest in Jewish communal affairs, serving as president of the Jewish Agricultural and Industrial Aid Society and of the United Hebrew Charities. Although opposed to Jewish nationalism, he was vice-president of the Federation of American Zionists. Cyrus’s son, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, studied at Columbia University, and joined The New York Times in 1919. He became its publisher in 1935. A supporter of the New Deal, he campaigned for active U.S. participation in world affairs. Other well-known Sulzbergers include Cyrus L., foreign correspondent, and Marion B., leading dermatologist.

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