Moses Levi

Merchant
1856-1899

2 North Brooks Street
Manning, SC

FAMILIES: Levi

Moses Levi (1827-1899), one of the first residents of Manning, established a large wooden store at this site in 1856. Born August 11, 1827 in Bosenback, Germany, he immigrated to the United States in 1848, married fellow German, Hannah Jacobs (1830-1905), and initially settled in Sumter. Levi advertised a variety of goods in the Clarendon Banner on September 11, 1860, including: “silks, calicoes, ginghams, linen, hoop skirts, winter shawls, alpacas, blankets, cravats, hats, caps, boots and shoes, ready-made clothing, groceries, pens, tobacco, snuff, dishes, needles, knives, candies, and patent medicines.” Although Levi lost about $40,000 of real estate during Potter’s Raid in April 1865, the store survived and remained open. Levi had a two-story structure built sometime in the 1870s or 1880s that was destroyed by fire; the current building dates to 1894. Although Levi sold his furniture stock to O.C. Sires and M.C. Chandler in 1890, he continued to operate a retail store until his death in 1899.

Main Image: Portrait of Moses Levi. Image courtesy Special Collections, College of Charleston

Above Image: Portrait of Hannah Levi. Image courtesy Special Collections, College of Charleston

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

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