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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 17:17:02 EST
1775 First elected Jew in the New World
Francis Salvador, the first Jew to be elected in the Americas, takes his
seat on the South Carolina Provincial Congress. In June 1776, Salvador, a
Patriot, became known as the "Southern Paul Revere" when he warned Charleston,
South Carolina, of the approaching British naval fleet. Thanks to Salvador's
intelligence information, Fort Sullivan in Charleston harbor was able to prepare
for the British attack, and the half-completed fort successfully repelled an
attack by a British fleet under Sir Peter Parker.
On August 1 of the same year, while leading a militia group under the
general command of Major Wilkinson, Salvador and his men were ambushed by a group
of Cherokees and Loyalists near present-day Seneca, South Carolina. Salvador
was wounded and then scalped by the Cherokees. He was the first recorded
Jewish soldier killed in the American War for Independence.