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Haym Salomon Honored

The City of New York yesterday honored the memory of Haym Salomon who helped finance the American Revolution. Mayor Abraham D. Beame, at the request of the Jewish War Veterans of New York State, issued a proclamation naming yesterday as “Haym Salomon Day.”

The proclamation, which was read by City Youth Board Commissioner Jerry Becker at a ceremony at Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, noted Salomon “donated $64,000–a staggering figure in those days–to help the fight for freedom,” and that once “hearing of the bleak financial situation, he actually interrupted a Yom Kippur Service to raise pledges for Washington’s forces.”

Beame also noted that Salomon, a New Yorker, “was also a physical fighter for the cause of liberty as one of the original members of the Sons of Liberty.”

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