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Alexander Levi


Who is Alexander Levi?

Alexander Levi, a French Jew of Sephardic origin, was the first foreigner to be naturalized in Iowa. He was born in 1809, in Hellimere, France near Strasbourg and settled in the town of Dubuque in 1833 where he became a civic, business and religious leader. A grocer, miner, mine provisioner and successful department store owner, he founded the first two Jewish congregations in the city, was a loyal Whig, served a term as Justice of the Peace and was the first Mason to be sworn in after the Dubuque lodge received its charter. He was naturalized in 1837 and died in 1893.

  • born in (207 years ago)
  • ethnicity: Jewish people
  • nationality: France
  • died in (123 years ago)

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Google previewThe Jewish Encyclopedia (1907)

A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature, and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day by Cyrus Adler, Isidore Singer

Alexander Levi (born 1871), an eminent sculptor, is established at Naples. About 1840 a struggle broke out between the Orthodox members of the community and the Reformers, the former calling themselves “ Marrochini," from “ Morocco,” the ...

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