This Day in Jewish History / Americans Elect Their First Jewish Governor

Moses Alexander was a prim man who sought to impose prohibition years ahead of the rest of the U.S.; he was no fan of Boise’s brothels either – but supported civil liberties.

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On January 4, 1915, Moses Alexander, the first practicing Jew to be elected governor in the United States, was sworn into that position in Boise, Idaho. This was the first of two two-year terms served by...