Harris Weinstock

Harris Weinstock (1854–1922) was an American businessman. He was the co-founder of Lubin and Weinstock in Sacramento, California. As the founding State Market Commissioner, he oversaw regulations and marketing for the citrus, poultry and fishing industries in California. He was a founder of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Harris Weinstock
BornSeptember 18, 1854
London, U.K.
Cause of deathSkull fracture
Net worthUS$500,000 (1922)[1]
Spouse(s)Barbara Felsenthal
Children2 sons, 2 daughters
RelativesDavid Lubin (half-brother)
Simon J. Lubin (half-nephew)

Early lifeEdit

Harris Weinstock was born to a Jewish family on September 18, 1854 in London, England.[2][3][4] He emigrated to the United States at the age of one,[4] settling in New York City, where his father was a businessman.[3] He was educated in New York,[2] and he moved to California in 1869.[3]


With his half-brother David Lubin,[3] he opened a drygoods store in San Francisco, California in 1872.[2] They subsequently co-founded Lubin and Weinstock, a department store in Sacramento, California later known as Weinstock's.[4][5] He was also an investor in the Weinstock, Lubin Real Estate Company; the Weinstock, Nichols Company; and the National Bank of D. O. Mills.[3]

Weinstock served in the National Guard from 1881 to 1895, retiring as Colonel.[3] Meanwhile, he joined the board of trustees of the California State Library in 1887.[3] Seven years later, in 1895, he joined the State Board of Horticulture.[3]

Weinstock became a freeholder of Sacramento in 1891.[3] In 1913, he was appointed to the Commission on Industrial Relations by President Woodrow Wilson.[3][6] He also served on the executive committee of the National Civic Federation, which attempted to alleviate conflict between employers and labor unions.[3] He was subsequently appointed to the State Industrial Accident Commission.[3]

Weinstock was elected the first President of the Commonwealth Club of California in 1903.[7]

Weinstock drafted the Weinstock Arbitration Bill of 1911, which prohibited strikes and lockouts during the arbitration process.[8]

By 1915, Weinstock was appointed by Governor Hiram Johnson as first director of the State Market Commission of California.[3][9] As Commissioner, Weinstock imposed regulations on the citrus and poultry industries, ensuring that farmers were paid their fair share and helping the industries with marketing.[9] He also established the State Fish Exchange.[3] He resigned in January 1920.[3]

Weinstock served as the vice president of the Jewish Publication Society.[4] He was also a member of the Jewish Historical Society.[3]

Personal life and deathEdit

Weinstock married Barbara Felsenthal.[4] They had two sons, Robert Weinstock and Walter Weinstock, and two daughters, Mrs Samuel Frankenheimer of Stockton, California and Mrs Burton E. Towne of Lodi, California.[3][4]

Weinstock fell from his horse while riding near Los Altos, California in 1922.[4] He died of a skull fracture at the nearby hospital in Palo Alto, California shortly after.[2][4] By the time of his death, he was worth an estimated US$500,000.[1][10] His wife inherited his estate.[1]


  • Weinstock, Harris (1902). Jesus the Jew and Other Addresses. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. OCLC 861841.
  • Weinstock, Harris (1909). Strikes and Lockouts.


  1. ^ a b c "Mrs. Weinstock Gets Estate in Trust". Oakland Tribune. September 21, 1922. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Skull Fracture Fatal To Col. H. Weinstock". Woodland Daily Democrat. Woodland, California. August 23, 1922. p. 1. Retrieved May 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Injury From Fatal Fall To Col. Weinstock. Wife and Family Surround Bed During Long Hours of Unconsciousness. Ends Useful Career. Prominent Figure in Affairs of California Remembered Through State". San Francisco Chronicle. August 23, 1922. p. 7. Retrieved May 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Weinstock (Harris) papers, 1878-1922". The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Kassis, Annette (2012). Weinstock's: Sacramento's Finest Department Store. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press. ISBN 9781609494445. OCLC 798058249.
  6. ^ McCartin, Joseph Anthony (February 1, 1998). Labor's Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor. UNC Press. ISBN 0-8078-4679-1. p. 19.
  7. ^ The Commonwealth Club of California A Brief Statement Regarding Its Origin, Purposes and History, [1] Transactions of the Commonwealth Club of California, November 15, 1903, Vol. 1. No. 1, p. 1.
  8. ^ Clark, Thomas R. (2002). Defending Rights: Law, Labor Politics, and the State in California, 1890-1925. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. pp. 118–123. ISBN 9780814330432. strikes and lockouts weinstock.
  9. ^ a b Plehn, Carl C. (March 1918). "The State Market Commission of California". The American Economic Review. 8 (1): 1–27. JSTOR 1805685.
  10. ^ "Weinstock Leaves $500,000 Estate". Woodland Daily Democrat. September 7, 1922. p. 1. Retrieved May 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.