This Day in Jewish History 1762: Rhode Island Court Denies Citizenship to non-Protestants

Former converso Aaron Lopez made his fortune trading everything from spermaceti to slaves, but his religion made him unwanted in the colony.

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On March 11, 1762, the Superior Court of Rhode Island rejected the appeal of two men, Aaron Lopez and Isaac Elizer, to be granted citizenship in the colony, on the grounds that they were not Christian.