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Morris De Castro, an Orthodcx Jew, is Sworn in As Governor of Virgin Islands

March 27, 1950
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Morris de Castro, a Jew whose family left Portugal to settle in the Caribbean area several centuries ago, was sworn in as Governor of the Virgin Islands during the week-end, it was reported here from Saint Thomas. The new Governor is the formor president of Congregation Blessing and Peace.

Governor de Castro, an Orthodor Jow who has lived here since he was a child of four, is the first native to be named Governor of the Virgin Islands. Pledging all-out support of President Truman’s administration, Mr. de Castro said in his inaugural address that “these islands are my home and have been the home of my family for centuries.” President Truman extended felicitations to the new Governor.

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