THE OFFICIAL BICENTENNIAL ERA STAMPS & PRINT PORTFOLIO COMMEMORATING HAYM SOLOMON
HAYM SALOMON ( in American it became Solomon), (1740-1785), early American merchant and Revolutionary War patriot. Salomon, who was born in Lissa, Poland, arrived in New York about 1775 and became one of the most prominent 18th-century American Jews. During the Revolutionary War he was a distiller and sutler ( provider ) to the American army, and was captured as a spy by the British. His life was spared and he served as an interpreter in their commissary department. Continuing to give information to the Americans, he assisted their prisoners to escape British captivity while operating a profitable business in New York City under British occupation. Married to Rachel Franks in 1777, he had to flee a year later to Philadelphia, where he began a brokerage and commission business. In 1781 he became an assistant to Robert Morris ( signer of the Declaration of Independence and signer of much early American currency LINK ), superintendent of the Office of Finance, after serving in a similar capacity as broker and treasurer for the huge expenses of the French army stationed in America. Morris held Salomon in high regard. Salomon also lent money without interest to several members of the Continental Congress, among them James Madison. In 1784 Salomon expanded his business activities to New York, opening a brokerage and auctioneer house there with Jacob Mordecai. Salomon was a major contributor in 1782 to the Congregation Mikveh Israel building in Philadelphia. He argued against a New Testament oath taken by officeholders in Pennsylvania and worked for political rights of all Jews. Though a successful merchant, Salomon invested most of his money in Continental stocks and bonds for the benefit of the new nation, which all but bankrupted him.
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