Philanthropist Alexander Sanger dies
On this day in 1925, Alexander Sanger, merchant, civic leader, and philanthropist, died in Dallas. The German native had followed his brothers to the United States in 1865. He arrived in Texas in 1872 and took over a branch of the family firm, Sanger Brothers, in Dallas. A pioneer of dry-goods wholesaling and retailing in Texas, Sanger Brothers was at one time the largest wholesale house in its line in the Southwest. For many years it was the premier department store of North Texas. Sanger helped to organize the first synagogue in Dallas in 1872, served as a city alderman in 1873-74, and encouraged the development of railroads in Dallas. He worked to support the State Fair of Texas, Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Public Library, the volunteer fire department, and many other civic enterprises.