This day in Jewish history / U.S. recalls Jewish consul from Tunisia
U.S. Secretary of State James Monroe said the reason was the discovery of Mordechai Manuel Noah's Jewish identity, but it was more about paying pirates too much.
On April 25, 1816, U.S. Secretary of State James Monroe wrote to Mordecai Manuel Noah, the American consul in Tunis, informing him that he was being recalled from his position because it had become known that he was a Jew. However, the real motivation for sacking Noah was his paying too much ransom for American hostages captured by pirates, and his religion became a cover story.
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