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LEVY, ELEAZAR:

Colonial resident of New York city prior to the Revolution. He fled from New York on account of the British occupation and took up his residence in Philadelphia, where he engaged in business. On Aug. 26, 1779, he presented a memorial to the Continental Congress, claiming that the United States had erected fortifications on lands at West Point on which he held a mortgage, and asking for compensation for his loss. On May 23, 1783, it is recorded that a congressional committee reported that in its opinion "it is not convenient to take any order therein." During the Revolutionary war Levy took the oath of allegiance to the state of Pennsylvania. In 1785 he acted as one of the administrators of the estate of Haym Solomon (see "Pennsylvania Journal," Jan. 15, 1785).

Bibliography:
  • Friedenwald, Memorials Presented to the Continental Congress, in Publications Am. Jew. Hist. Soc. ii. 123-126;
  • Westcott, Test Laws of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1885.
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