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LYON, ROBERT:

American journalist; born in London, England, Jan. 15, 1810; died in New York city March 10, 1858. After a brief business career in London, he emigrated to the United States (1844), and, meeting no success in a manufacturing enterprise, began to publish (Oct. 26, 1849) "The Asmonean," the first American Jewish weekly of its kind, which he conducted until his death. He edited at the same time the New York "Mercantile Journal," an organ devoted to trade. For a time Isaac M. Wise and other Jewish writers of the day were regular contributors to "The Asmonean," which, however, failed to win more than local fame.

Bibliography:
  • Morais, Eminent Israelites of the Nineteenth Century, pp. 221-223.
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