This Day in Jewish History / The Man Whom America Never Repaid for Its Independence Dies

Haym Salomon funded not only the Revolutionary War but several leading politicians, yet passed on claiming huge debts.

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On January 6, 1785, Haym Salomon, the Polish-born immigrant to colonial New York who is revered in American history as the financier of the Revolutionary War, died. He was all of 44 years old — and he was...