This day in Jewish history / Maryland's first Jew goes to town
The life and opinions of Jacob Lumbrozo, gentleman (of sorts) - who spent most of his time in colonial court.
On September 10, 1663, Jacob Lumbrozo became the first Jew to receive “letters of denization” in Maryland, a status akin to, but slightly less than, citizenship in this British colony. As the first-documented Jewish resident of this mid-Atlantic territory, founded in 1634 as a refuge for Catholics from England, Lumbrozo had a tumultuous life in the New World, and found himself at the center of a...
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