American merchant and politician; born at Ziegenhain, Hesse-Cassel, Germany, Feb. 22, 1847. Together with his parents he emigrated to America in 1853, settling in Albany, N. Y., where he attended the public school and academy. In 1867 he went to New York city, and entered upon a commercial career, establishing, with his elder brother Isaac (born at Ziegenhain May 9, 1843), the dry-goods house of Stern Brothers.
Stern has taken active part in the political life of New York city, affiliating himself with the Republican party. In 1897 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the borough of Manhattan. In 1890 he was a United States commissioner to the Paris Exposition, and in 1904 chairman of the executive committee of the New York State Commission to the St. Louis Exposition. In 1905 he became one of the directors of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He is interested also in Jewish affairs.
- American Jewish Year Book, 5665 (1904-1905).