This Day in Jewish History A Quaker Convert to Judaism and Early Zionist Is Born

Warder Cresson was the first U.S. consul to Jerusalem as well as an eccentric who used to preach about the approaching apocalypse.

July 13, 1798, is the birthdate of Warder Cresson, a Philadelphia-born Quaker who served briefly as the United States’ first consul in Jerusalem, converted to Judaism, and was a strong and early proponent of the Jews’ return to the Holy Land as farmers.