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Phillips, Henry, Jr. (06 September 1838–06 June 1895), numismatist and translator, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Jonas Altamont Phillips, a criminal lawyer, and Frances Cohen. The junior distinguishes him from his uncle Henry Mayer Phillips. He was born into a large and wealthy Philadelphia Jewish family whose name was originally Feibusch. Although the elder generation was active as Jacksonian Democrats, Henry Phillips, Jr., showed no interest in politics; his only political writing is a draft of an article among his papers about that perennial American subject, municipal corruption. He was appointed U.S. commissioner in 1868 and became vice consul of Belgium in 1892. There is no indication of any particularly Jewish interests; he learned Hebrew as part of a program of learning Oriental languages, not as part of his religious heritage....