Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas

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Gershom Mendes Seixas

Birthdate:
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: New Bowery Beth Olom Cemetery, New York, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Seixas
Husband of Elkalah Cohen; Elkaleh Seixas and Hannah Seixas
Father of Sarah Abigail Seixas; Isaac Seixas; Rebecca Mendes Benjamin; Benjamin Seixas; David G. Seixas and 11 others
Brother of Abraham Seixas; Abigail Judah; Moses Mendes Mendes; Benjamin Mendes Seixas; Abraham Mendes Seixas and 2 others

Occupation: Rabbi, First native born Jewish minister in the United States and one of the most noted of early American Jews; m1. Elkaleh Myers-Cohen, 9/6/1775; m2. Hannah Manuel, 11/1/1786
Managed by: Judith יהודית Ann Berlowitz
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About Gershom Mendes Seixas

DAR Record for Ancestor A101643

Gershom was known as "the patriot rabbi" and was the spiritual leader of Shearith Israel during the American Revolution. According to Birmingham, "During the war, he closed his synagogue in New York and moved the congregation to Philadelphia rather than ask his flock to pray for George III." He assisted at George Washington's presidential inauguration.

(from S. Birmingham, _The Grandees_)

See the Jewish Virtual Library entry at http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/biography/Seixas.html for article about Gershom, and an entry on the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, at http://www.amuseum.org/jahf/virtour/page5.html#seixas. See also the article SEIXAS in jewishencyclopedia.com and in http://www.fau.edu/library/brody2.htm.

Elkay bore 15 of Gershom's children; Hannah bore 11 children.

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Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas's Timeline

1746
January 14, 1746
New York, New York, United States
1775
September 6, 1775
Age 29
1776
July 30, 1776
Age 30
1778
February 10, 1778
Age 32
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1780
August 20, 1780
Age 34
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1783
1783
Age 36
1786
November 1, 1786
Age 40
1788
1788
Age 41
1789
December 7, 1789
Age 43
Richmond, Virginia, United States
1793
1793
Age 46