Brandeis, Louis D.
Lehman, Herbert H.
Levy, Uriah P.
Magnes, Judah L.
Santangel, Luis de
Seixas, Gershom M.
Singer, Isaac B.
Straus, Isidor & Ida
Torres, Luis de
by Hal Reed (1988), Uriah P. Levy, Navy Commodore.
P. Levy (1792-1862)
before French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was court-martialed,
convicted and eventually exonerated in trials based on anti-Semitism,
an American naval officer was facing similar tribulations. The
American court's verdict was unanimous for the 63 year old defendant:
"Urah P. Levy is morally, mentally, physically and professionally
fit for the Naval Service and ought to be restored to the active
list of the Navy." Within five years this court-martial, Levy
was placed in command of the entire Mediterranean Fleet and was
elevated to the Navy's highest rank - Commodore.
Levy was born in 1792 in Philadelphia; he was barely 14 years
old when he embarked on his naval career by signing on as a cabin
boy. Seven years later he volunteered for service in the United
States Navy during the War of 1812, as "proof of love to my country."
The next year Uriah was captured and imprisoned by the British
until the end of the war. In the years following, he faced persecution
from many naval officers, he had to defend himself in a duel,
and was subjected to a total of six courts-martial ... all instigated
his life, Uriah P. Levy, was active in religious life; he was
the first president of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, and
in 1854 he sponsored the new Seminary of the Bnai Jesherun Educational
Institute in New York.
It was Levy's
wish that he be remembered for his singular efforts to abolish
the barbarous punishment of flogging in the U.S. Navy, which resulted
in Congressional approval of an anti-flogging bill in 1850.
of Jefferson's Monticello
Levy regarded Thomas Jefferson as "one of the greatest men in
history, who did much to mold the Republic in a form in which
man's religion does not make him ineligible for political or governmental
life." Thus, about 10 years after the former President's death
in 1826, Levy purchased Jefferson's run down estate, that was
virtually in ruin. He began a long and costly program of renovation
and restoration, including the purchase of an additional 2,500
acres adjoining the historic property. After Levy's death in 1862,
his will directed that Monticello - the house and property - be
left "to the people of the United States."
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