Oppenheim, Samuel, 1857-1928

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Dates:
Birth 1857
Death 1928

Biographical notes:

Samuel Oppenheim, American lawyer and historian, was born in New York City on December 2, 1859 to Isaac and Melia Oppenheim. Educated at the College of the City of New York and Columbia Law School, he was admitted to the New York Bar in 1885. As a lawyer, he worked with noted attorneys Simon Sterne and Oscar S. Straus. Oppenheim served as secretary of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors from 1889-1891 and assistant general counsel from 1896-1901 for the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company. He also served as secretary of the Central Park Involvement Company from 1887-1901 and as the recording secretary of the American Jewish Historical Society from 1914 to 1927. Other affiliations included the New York State Historical Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the London Shorthand Society, and the Judaeans, a Jewish community organization in New York.

In addition to his legal work, and perhaps what he is best known for is his efforts to better understand the history of Jews in the Americas, and in particular, those living in the colonial period. His research was not limited to those in the British colonies but also encompassed those living in the Dutch colonies in what is modern-day Brazil, New York, and Suriname. Much of Oppenheim's writings can be found in the Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society .

He passed away on August 11, 1928, being survived by his siblings and their children.

Bibliography "An Early Jewish Colony in Western Guiana, 1658-1666: And its Relation to the Jews in Surinam, Cayenne and Tobago," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 16 (1907): 95-186. "An Early Jewish Colony in Western Guiana: Supplemental Data," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 17 (1909): 53-70. "The Early History of the Jews in New York, 1654-1664: Some New Matter on the Subject," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 18 (1909): 1-91. "The Jews and Masonry in the United States before 1810," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 19 (1910): 1-94. "A List of Jews Made Denizens in the Reigns of Charles II and James II, 1661-1687," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 20 (1911): 109-113. "The Chapters of Isaac the Scribe a Bibliographical Rarity, New York, 1772," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 22 (1914): 39-51. "A Newspaper Account of an Auto da Fé in Lisbon in 1726, in which a Jew, a Native of Bahia, South America was Burnt," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 22 (1914): 180-182. "A Letter of David S. Franks," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 22 (1914): 195-196. "The Jews in Barbados in 1739: An Attack Upon Their Synagogue Their Long Oath," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 22 (1914): 197-198. "Notes: Two Letters of Solomon Bush, A Revolutionary Soldier," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 23 (1915): 177-178. "A Letter of David Nassy of Surinam," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 23 (1915): 185-186. "The Question of the Kosher Meat Supply in New York in 1813: With a Sketch of Earlier Conditions," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 25 (1917): 31-62. "Genealogical Notes on Jacob Franks from Official Records," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 25 (1917): 75-80. "Will of Nathan Simson, A Jewish Merchant in New York before 1722, and Genealogical Note Concerning Him and Joseph Simson," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 25 (1917): 87-91. "Was the Bank of England Projected by a Jew?" Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 25 (1917): 111-111. "David Franks’ Interest in Lands in Virginia in 1774," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 25 (1917): 119-120. "The Will of Henry Benjamin Franks, December 13, 1758, and Inventory of His Estate," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 25 (1917): 125-127. "Letter of Jonas Phillips, July 28, 1776, Mentioning the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 25 (1917): 128-131. "Some Revolutionary Letters," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 25 (1917): 142-143. "A Philadelphia Jewish Merchants Day-Book, 1755-1761," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 26 (1918): 231-234. "Jewish Owners of Ships Registered at the Port of Philadelphia, 1730-1775," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 26 (1918): 235-236. "The Jewish Signers of the Non-Importation Agreement of 1765," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 26 (1918): 236-237. "Memorial of Solomon and Elias De Paz on the Capture of their ship in 1728-9 off Jamaica by Spaniards," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 26 (1918): 248-249. "Two Letters of Aron Hart of Three Rivers, 1775 and 1776," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 26 (1918): 257-258. "Supplemental Notes on the Jacob Franks Genealogy," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 26 (1918): 260-266. "David Franks as an Insurance Broker, 1757 and 1758," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 26 (1918): 268-270. "Three Pre-Revolutionary Items," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 28 (1922): 255-256. "More About Jacob Barsimson, the First Jewish Settler in New York," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 29 (1925): 39-52. "Notes: Benjamin Franks, Merchant, and Captain Kidd, Pirate," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 31 (1928): 229-234. "Disgraceful Acts of a Mob at a Jewish Funeral in New York, 1743," Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (1893-1961) 31 (1928): 240-241.

From the guide to the Samuel Oppenheim Papers, undated, 1614-1938, (American Jewish Historical Society)

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Subjects:

  • Jews--Colonization
  • U.S.--History - 1490-1880
  • Jewish history, life, and culture
  • Jews--History - 18th Century--Sources
  • Brazil--History - 1580-1640
  • Jews--Legal status, laws, etc
  • Jews--History--19th century--Sources
  • Jews--History - 17th Century--Sources

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Places:

  • Amsterdam (Netherlands) (as recorded)
  • New Amsterdam (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Guyana (as recorded)
  • Recife (Brazil) (as recorded)
  • Bahia (Brazil) (as recorded)
  • New York (New York) (as recorded)
  • Suriname (as recorded)