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Jews in Early American Politics
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Jews in Early American Politics

Little-known facts about Jews in American politics.

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March 5, 2016

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(6) gordon miller, July 6, 2017 3:35 PM

Stand-out Patriot

Haym Solomon seems to the person to bring up if an antagonist argues with you that there were no Jews connected with the founding of the United States. It appears he was perhaps indispensable in our victory over the British. N'est-ce pas?

(5) Shoshana-Jerusalem, March 16, 2016 2:37 PM

me neither

I also wouldn't vote for a Jew for President. That's all we need. The littlest thing that would go wrong would be blamed on all the Jews and would be the cause of anti-Semitism. Also, he would probably be anti-Israel just to show he's not acting as a Jew.

(4) Anonymous, March 13, 2016 4:54 PM

You left out Samuel Untermyer and his nephew Ambassador Laurence A Steinhardt

Untermyer, a leader of the Jewish community in NYC, was a famed lawyer who wielded tremendous political and economic influence in the late 19th Century and early 20th. Steinhardt was US Ambassador to Sweden, Peru, the Soviet Union, Turkey, Czechoslovakia and Canada between 1933 and his death in an air crash in 1950.

(3) Herb E, March 8, 2016 7:41 PM

In reading scholarly works on the US Presidents, from Washington to Van Buren, over ten thousand pages, Jews have been mentioned three or four times. Once as a footnote in Thomas Flexner’s bio on Washington; a footnote that mentioned Muslim in the same sentence. The rest in “John Adams”biography of our nation’s second president, written by author and historian David McCullough. President John Adams only had good things to say about Jews but not much.

(2) Arnie Lewin, March 8, 2016 7:16 PM

You forgot someone significant

why no mention of Judah Benjamin, cabinet member of Jefferson Davis' Confederate Government, the Sec'y of State for CSA and major financier for the South.?

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