Jacob Brotman


437 ½ King Street
Charleston, SC


In 1904, Jacob “Jake” Brotman (1875-1924) left his home in Wyszków, Poland and immigrated to the United States. Immigration records reveal that he boarded the ship Friesland in Liverpool, England and arrived in Philadelphia on August 14, 1904. By 1911, Jacob was living in Charleston, South Carolina where he worked as a shoemaker at 437 ½ King Street. He continued business at that location until 1918, when he relocated to 517 King Street. From 1919 until his death in 1924, Jacob operated tailor shop J. Brotman & Son with his son, Raphael (1896-1946).

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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