This day in Jewish history / The first Jew to die for the cause of the American Revolution
Francis Salvador was killed in battle with British loyalists and Seneca Indians, probably never knowing Congress had declared independence.
On August 1, 1776, Francis Salvador, a Jewish settler in the colony of South Carolina, was killed in a battle with British loyalists and Seneca Indians along the Keowee River. He had been the first and only Jew to serve in a colonial congress, and was the first to die for the cause of the American Revolution.
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