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Pennsylvania State Senate

Israel Israel



Session Position District Party
1797-1798 N/A Jeffersonian Republican
 Counties   Delaware, Philadelphia


1746 - 1822

Born in Philadelphia, October 20, 1746, Senator Israel was the son of Michael and Mary J. Paxton Israel.  He grew up and became a merchant in the Barbadoes; was a veteran of, and a prisoner during the Revolution; elected High Sheriff of Philadelphia, 1805-1806; married Hanna Erwin in 1756; Grand Master Masons, 1802-1805; elected to fill vacancy in the state Senate in 1796.  Died March 17, 1822, interred in Laurel Cemetery near Fairmount Park.  It is speculated that Israel is the first Senator of Jewish descent, although he was a member of the Anglican Church community.