Abraham Cohen LaBatt

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Abraham Cohen LaBatt

Birthplace: Charleston, Charleston, SC, United States
Death: August 16, 1899 (97)
Galveston, Galveston, TX, United States
Place of Burial: Galveston, Galveston, TX, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Labatt and Catharine Labatt
Husband of Caroline Labatt
Father of Catherine Labatt; Capt. David Cohen Labatt, CSA; Miriam Hyams Wells; Joseph Isaac Labatt; Samuel Kosciusko Labatt and 4 others
Brother of Grace Davega; Isaac Cohen Labatt and Cora Labatt

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About Abraham Cohen LaBatt

Prominent pioneer of Reform Judaism in the United States in the 19th century, founding several early congregations. Second Oldest Mason in America, Last Original Member of the Firemen's Charitable Association, a Leader in Israel, He Took the First Steamship to Galveston.

Abraham Cohen Labatt, trader, merchant, and a founder of the first Jewish Reform congregation in the United States, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1802. He learned the merchandising trade. He was a Sephardic Jew and subscribed to the first reform synagogue in the country in 1825. Labatt married Caroline Hyams, with whom he had sixteen children. They moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and in 1831 to New Orleans. He visited Velasco, Texas, in 1831, and in 1837 made his first visit to determine whether trade could be established between Charleston, Texas, and Mexico. In 1849 he joined the California gold rush as a merchant. In San Francisco he became master of one of the West's first Masonic lodges, which he named the Davy Crockett Lodge. He helped to found the city's first synagogue, Shearith Israel, and served as president of Congregation Emanuel. Labatt moved to Louisiana in the 1860s. He then moved to Waco, Texas, in 1869 and to Galveston after 1878. He died in 1899.


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Abraham Cohen LaBatt's Timeline

July 2, 1802
Charleston, Charleston, SC, United States
August 15, 1826
Mecklenburg, NC, United States
March 27, 1830
North Carolina, United States
January 13, 1832
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, United States
January 15, 1842
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, United States
December 1, 1844
Natchitoches, Natchitoches, LA, United States