Maj. Mordecai Myers

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Maj. Mordecai Myers

Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Death: January 20, 1871 (94)
Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Myer Benjamin and Rachel Benjamin
Husband of Charlotte Myers
Father of Henrietta Hoes; William Bailey Myers; Catherine Altie Myers; Col. Theodorus Bailey Myers, (USA); Charlotte Bailey Jackson and 5 others
Brother of Benjamin Myers; Judith Juda Montgomery; Abraham Myers; Polly Myers; unknown #1 Myers and 4 others

Occupation: Mayor of Schenectady, NY
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About Maj. Mordecai Myers

Major Mordecai Myers: An American-Jewish Hero of the War of 1812

Major Mordecai Myers lived the most compelling life of any Jewish-American of his day. Born to impoverished immigrant parents, he spent his formative years (1776-1783) in New York City and, as a child of Loyalists during the Revolution, four years (1783-87) in the Nova Scotian wilderness. Upon the family's return to New York City in 1787, Myers embarked on several careers: military service (he was severely wounded in the War of 1812); state politics (the first Jew to serve in the New York State Legislature, 1828-1834); local politics (the only Jewish mayor of both Kinderhook, in 1838, and Schenectady, in 1851 and 1854); national politics (candidate for U.S. Congress in 1860, at age 84); and election as New York State's Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons (1853-1856). Along the way, Myers made and lost two fortunes, outlived his wife and 6 of his 10 children, and became the great-great-grandfather of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell.

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Maj. Mordecai Myers's Timeline

May 31, 1776
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
March 26, 1815
Age 38
May 27, 1817
Age 40
April 2, 1819
Age 42
December 13, 1821
Age 45
August 20, 1823
Age 47
June 12, 1826
Age 50
March 25, 1829
Age 52
March 21, 1832
Age 55