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Mordecai Manuel Noah

1834 John Wood Dodge Born: New York, New York 1807 Died: Pomona, Tennessee 1893 watercolor on ivory sight 3 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (7.9 x 6.7 cm) rectangle, irregular Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Ettie W. Noah Wilson, through John L. Laskey 1957.11.4 Not currently on view


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Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785-1851) was possibly the most influential Jewish figure in the United States during the early nineteenth century. He was a lawyer, journalist, playwright, politician, judge, editor, and surveyor. As a patriot, he supported America’s war with Britain in 1812, and became the United States consul to Tunis. He studied law in South Carolina, and passed the New York bar in 1823. He was also an ardent Zionist and in 1825 purchased Grand Island in the Niagara River to create Ararat, a “Jewish Homeland.” Noah later pursued a career in journalism that included editing the National Advocate, founded by the Tammany faction of the Democratic Party. After he renounced their corrupt practices, he founded the New York Enquirer, and later the New York Evening Star. Noah developed a serious interest in the theater and wrote numerous plays, and was a founder of New York University.

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Portrait male - Noah, Mordecai Manuel - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About John Wood Dodge

Born: New York, New York 1807 Died: Pomona, Tennessee 1893

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