A Jewish Sharp-Shooter

Philo may have been a member of Muscular Judaism, that was a secular-socialist movement that helped found the State of Israel.


On this day I found the New Turner Sharp-Shooters!

John Presco

Philo Jacoby


Philo Jacoby WS 16/2280

Philo Jacoby, #WS16/2280

Philo Jacoby was born in 1837 at Lauenberg, a province of Pomerania, which is now Lebork, Poland.


San Francisco

Third Mate Philo Jacoby arrived in San Francisco in 1859 on the clipper ship Whirlwind.

Jacoby established one of the longest-lived Jewish newspa­pers of San Francisco, The Hebrew, n December 1863.

The Hebrew was published for 70 years until 1923.

Philo Jacoby was also known for his athletic prowess. He was considered America’s top Rifle Marksman in the 1860’s and 1870’s.

Golden Jubilee Rifle Matches in San Francisco WS 16/2282

Golden Jubilee Rifle Matches, San Francisco, #WS16/2282

Jacoby was introduced to riflemanship by Captain John A. Sutter of Sutter’s Mill, birthplace of the California Gold Rush.

His career as a marksman included three trips to Europe, in which he beat all the competition of Prussia, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

One of his Gold Medals was presented by Emperor Franz Joseph.

A diamond badge was awarded to Philo Jacoby in 1890 by the Riflemen of California.

Philo Jacoby’s victory at the Centennial Exposition in Philadel­phia in 1876 resulted in his being named “Champion Rifle Shot in the West.”

Additionally, Jacoby was an athlete and strongman of distinction.


Philo Jacoby never married.

Philo Jacoby died in 1922

“Philo Jacoby was an ideal ambassador for California.  In a refreshing refutation of stereotypes, his brawn was equally matched, if not surpassed by his brains.  His Character was unblemished.  Philo Jacoby, the sharpshooter, was right on target as a true pioneer of American California and its first sportsman of international repute.”

— William M. Kramer & Reva Clar

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