This Day in Jewish History / First Jewish member of House of Representatives dies in hospital for insane
Lewis Charles Levin was infamous for his vehemently anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant stance.
Lewis Charles Levin, the first Jew to serve as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, died on March 14, 1860 – several years after being committed to the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane. He was perhaps the country’s shrillest voice of anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant incitement.
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