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Philip Wasserman (December 1828 – February 26, 1895)[1] was the mayor of Portland, Oregon, United States from 1871–1873. He was a pioneer banker and co-founder of the First National Bank.[2]

Wasserman moved to Portland from San Francisco in 1858 and entered the tobacco and cigar business with his brother, Herman.[1] He was part of a group of successful early Jews in Portland who exhibited a strong sense of public responsibility and appetite for public life, along with his predecessor (and Portland's first Jewish mayor), Bernard Goldsmith.[2]

He died of heart failure, at his home in Portland, on February 26, 1895.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Philip Wasserman Dead". The Morning Oregonian. February 27, 1895. p. 5. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  2. ^ a b MacColl, E. Kimbark (1979). "Chapter 3: The Early Jewish Communities". The Growth of A City. Portland, Oregon: The Georgian Press Company. p. 49. ISBN 0-9603408-1-5. 
Preceded by
Bernard Goldsmith
Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Succeeded by
Henry Failing