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  • Morris De Castro, Former Governor of Virgin Islands, Dead; Was 64

    Morris de Castro, a Sephardic Jew who served as governor of the United States Virgin Islands from 1950 to 1954, died of a heart attack here Friday. He was 64. Mr. de Castro was born in the Virgin Islands to a St. Thomas commission merchant. He entered government service in 1918, and was appointed governor… More ▸

  • Governor of Virgin Islands Becomes President of Local B’nai B’rith

    Gov. Ralph M. Paiewonsky, of the Virgin Islands, was installed here today as president of the Sasso-Cardoze Lodge of B’nai B’rith. He is the first official of his rank to head a B’nai B’rith lodge while in public office. Gov. Paiewonsky is a charter member of the lodge, which was established in 1964. More ▸

  • Governor of Virgin Islands Organizes First B’nai B’rith Lodge

    Ralph M. Paicwonsky, Governor of the virgin Islands, has helped charter the first lodge of B’nai B’rith in his dominion and has become its first leader. U. on installation of officers, the St. Thomas Lodge will become the first Jewish organization outside the synagogue in the Virgin Islands. Gov. Paiewonsky was appointed to his post… More ▸

  • Mother of Jewish Governor of Virgin Islands Dies; Was 79

    Funeral services were held today for Mrs. Isaac Paiewonsky, 79-year-old mother of Ralph M. Paiewonsky, governor of the Virgin Islands. She died in the hospital where she underwent major surgery. Born Rebecca Kishner in Lithuania, she came to the islands at the age of 20 and was married to the late Isaac Paiewonsky. when she… More ▸

  • Isaac Paiewonsky, Father of Virgin Islands Governor, Dead; Was 78

    Isaac Paiewonsky, one of the most prominent merchants in the Virgin Islands, and father of Governor Ralph Paiewonsky, died here yesterday, aged 78. Gov. Paiewonsky is the first St. Thomas-born chief executive. The elder Paiewonsky, known affectionately to many here as “Papa Paie,” came to St. Thomas from Lithuania at the age of 13. Among… More ▸

  • U.S. Senate Approves Jewish Candidate As Governor of Virgin Islands

    The Senate approved by voice vote yesterday the nomination of Ralph Paiewonsky as Governor of the Virgin Islands. He is the third Jewish Governor of the Islands. Several Senators of both parties spoke in the nominee’s behalf. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, Minnesota Democrat, praised the nominee and said the appointment was particularly popular in the… More ▸

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

    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… More ▸