Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas

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Gershom Mendes Seixas

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: New York, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Franks Seixas
Husband of Elkaleh Seixas and Hannah Seixas
Father of Isaac Seixas; Sarah Abigail 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 Ann Berlowitz
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About Rev. 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 for article about Gershom, and an entry on the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, at See also the article SEIXAS in and in

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


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Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas's Timeline

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