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date: 06 December 2019

Touro, Judahlocked

(16 June 1775–23 January 1854)
  • Milton Goldin

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Touro, Judah (16 June 1775–23 January 1854), entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of Rabbi Isaac Touro and Reyna Hays. Suspected of Loyalist sympathies during the revolutionary war, the rabbi fled with his family to Jamaica, where he died in January 1784. His widow and their three children sought refuge with her brother, Moses Michael Hays, in Boston. Reyna Touro died three years later. Hays had a high regard for his nephew Judah but a solid determination not to allow either of his daughters, Catherine or Rebecca—which one is not certain—to marry her cousin....

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