Nathan Barnert

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Nathan Barnert (September 20, 1838 – December 23, 1927) was an American businessman and politician. He was twice elected the Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey first on April 9, 1883. He was the original founder of the Miriam Barnert Hebrew Free School, the Daughters Of Miriam Home For The Aged And Orphans, the Barnert Memorial Hospital, and the Barnert Memorial Temple.

He was born on September 20, 1838 in Posen and emigrated in 1849. He was elected the Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey on April 9, 1883.

A successful silk manufacturer, Nathan Barnert was twice elected Mayor of Paterson, first April 9, 1883 (serving through 1886), then again from 1888-1889, and served with distinction. Barnert, a noted philanthropist and humanitarian, was the original founder or benefactor of many Paterson Jewish institutions (see lede above and details below).

He founded the Daughters Of Miriam Home For The Aged And Orphans in 1921 in a building at 469 River Street in Paterson. In 1921, he purchased the property known as Ashley Homestead on River Street and started this organization, which was named after his late wife Miriam. They moved to 155 Hazel Street, Clifton, New Jersey in 1927. The orphanage was phased out around in 1948. It still operates its Home for the Aged at the Clifton Address.

Barnert founded now-closed Barnert Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey in 1908. That same year he filed suit to have the Barnert Memorial Temple returned to his control.

He died on December 23, 1927 of pneumonia.

Barnert is one of three men to be honored with copper statues in front of the Carrere & Hastings designed Paterson City Hall. The other two are former Vice President of the United States and Paterson native Garret Augustus Hobart and former Paterson mayor Dr. Andrew McBride.

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