This Day in Jewish History Dr. Samuel Sarphati, Wizard of Amsterdam, Is Born

Sarphati left behind a very small estate and many debts, as most of his wealth was invested in the projects he spent his life advancing.

Today is the 201st anniversary of the birth of Samuel Sarphati, the industrious Dutch physician, city planner and entrepreneur who was responsible for many of Amsterdam’s advances in public health and welfare in the 19th century.