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Moses, Isaaclocked

(1742?–16 April 1818)
  • William Weisberger


Moses, Isaac (1742?–16 April 1818), Jewish merchant and revolutionary, was born in Giessen, Germany, the only child of Rischa Levy Moses and David Moses, whose occupations are not known. Isaac as a child was reared and educated in this small German town. In 1764 he went to New York City in search of business opportunities. He was probably brought there by his uncle Hayman Levy, a prosperous New York merchant. Four years later Moses became a naturalized citizen of the colony of New York. Between 1764 and 1775, he developed numerous business skills, working in Levy's lucrative Bayard Street mercantile firm that especially became known for its predominant role in the fur trade. During these years, the ambitious Moses sold deerskins, bearskins, Indian blankets, spermaceti oil, and logwood to European merchants. He also was a distributor of English woolens, Irish linens, French wines, and West Indian rum in domestic markets. On 8 August 1770 Moses married Reyna Levy, the daughter of Sloe and Hayman Levy. The couple had ten children....

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