Hertz, Hyman (ca. 1808–1833)

By: Christopher Long

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1995

Hyman Hertz, early Jewish merchant and delegate to the Convention of 1832, was born in Hannover, Germany, around 1808. On December 18, 1829, Hertz and his brother Joseph Hertz arrived in Nacogdoches. Hyman Hertz, who was twenty-one and single, established a mercantile business. He represented Nacogdoches at the Convention of 1832 and was killed the next year when the steamer, Lioness, on which he was traveling to New Orleans, caught fire and sank on the Red River.

Henry Cohen, "Settlement of the Jews in Texas," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society 2 (1894). Nacogdoches Archives, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin. Natalie Ornish, Pioneer Jewish Texans (Dallas: Texas Heritage, 1989). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).


  • Peoples
  • Germans
  • Business
  • Jews
  • Founders and Pioneers
  • Pioneers
  • Politics and Government

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Christopher Long, “Hertz, Hyman,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 17, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/hertz-hyman.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995