Harris Needle


14 Morris Street
Charleston, SC 29403


Around 1886, Samuel Marks (birth/death undetermined) and Polish immigrant Harris Needle (c.1841-1904) founded wholesale clothing store Marks & Needle at 497 King Street in Charleston. The store remained in operation until 1895. Needle continued to work as a clothing merchant in Charleston after Marks & Needle closed. The 1896 Charleston City Directory listed him as a clothing merchant working out of 14 Morris Street. The following year, he was listed as retired. In 1898, however, he was listed as a clothing merchant working out of 540 King Street. In 1899, Needle worked as a buyer for his son Jacob’s (1869-1932) clothing and gentlemen’s furnishings business at 526 and 540 King Street. The next year, Needle was listed as working with his wife, Rebecca (c.1841-1909), in her clothing store at 540 King Street (Jacob’s business was only operating out of 526 King Street in this year). After 1900, Needle does not appear in Charleston City Directories.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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