Mr Isaac Gerald Frauenthal

New York Lawyer, First Class Passenger and Titanic Survivor

Isaac Frauenthal

Dr Isaac Gerald Frauenthal was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on 7 October 1868.

He was the youngest child of Samuel Frauenthal (1828-1922)1, a boot and shoe vendor, and Yetta2 Lowenstein (b. 1831), natives of Bavaria and Prussia respectively who had come to the USA around 1848. 

Isaac's known siblings were: Joseph (1850-1921), Fannie (b. 1852), Edward (1854-1922), Isidor (b. 1855), Rosa (b. 1858), Henry William (1862-1927), Caroline (b. 1864) and Herman Clay (1866-1942).

Isaac first appears on the 1870 census when he and his family were still residents at an unspecified address in Wilkes-Barre. He and his family later settled in Manhattan, New York, appearing there on the 1900 and 1910 censuses as residents of 783 Lexington Avenue; by the time of the latter record he was described as an unmarried lawyer. He had studied at the Law School of New York before setting up private practice in that city.

He applied for a US passport on 6 March 1912 at the same time as his elder brother Henry, declaring his intention to go abroad for two months. He was described as standing at 5' 10¾" and with light brown hair, brown eyes, a florid complexion, a prominent chin, Roman nose, high forehead and being clean-shaven.

Isaac's brother Henry had married in Nice, France to Clara Rogers née Heinsheimer on 26 March 1912; they boarded the Titanic at Southampton whilst Isaac rejoined then at Cherbourg on 10 April 1912, travelling as first class passengers (he on ticket number 17765 which cost £27, 14s, 5d) and whilst aboard he occupied cabin D40.

On the night of the sinking Isaac, his brother and sister-in-law were rescued in lifeboat 5.

Whilst returning to New York on the Carpathia, Frauenthal and some other survivors, including Frederick Seward, Margaret Brown, Mauritz Björnström-Steffansson, Frederic Oakley Spedden, Karl Behr and George Harder, formed a committee to honour the bravery of Captain Rostron and his crew. They presented the Rostron with an inscribed silver cup and medals to each of the 320 crew members.

Isaac remained a bachelor for the rest of his life and continued to practice as a lawyer. He was shown on the 1920 census living in Manhattan with his siblings Joseph, Isidor, Edward, Rose and Caroline. He benefitted from the residue of his brother Henry's estate following his suicide in 1927. 

Suffering a heart ailment in later years, Isaac Frauenthal died aged 64 in Manhattan, New York on 16 November 1932 and he was cremated at Fresh Pond Crematory. 


  1. His father was born in Bavaria on 15 April 1828, son of Joseph and Hannah Frauenthal. 
  2. Listed as Henrietta in some records. 

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New York Herald, 17 April 1912
New York Times, 17 November 1932, Obituary
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Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
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