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Straus, Jesse Isidor (25 June 1872–04 October 1936), merchant and diplomat, was born in New York City, the son of Isidor Straus, a merchant, and Ida Blun. Straus received his early education (1882–1889) from the Collegiate Institute of Dr. Julius Sachs, who influenced him to attend, and graduate from in 1893, Harvard University. Early on, Jesse developed an ascetic, frugal approach to life; in a notebook kept during college he accounted for every penny spent. Along with his fiscal exactitude ran a compulsion to work that often drove Jesse beyond his physical endurance into illness....