This Day in Jewish History 1886: Controversy-beset First Jewish U.S. Senator Dies

America frowned on the senator zig-zagging on the Confederacy: 'It was because his Jew heart did not get all it craved that he urged the secession of Florida.'

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On October 10, 1886, David Levy Yulee, the first Jew elected to the United States Senate and the man considered the “Father of Florida’s railroads,” died, at the age of 76.