Illustration by Art Seiden

Jewish Heroes and Heroines in America

from Colonial Times to 1900:


The Cardoza Family's Legacy: War Heroes and Jurists

by Seymour "Sy" Brody

The Cardozo family distinguished itself in American history with war heroes and jurists. David Nunez Cardozo was a patriot and a hero of the American Revolution. He was born in New York in 1752 and settled in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1775.

David enlisted in the South Carolina Grenadiers and fought many times against the British. He led an assault on British-held Savannah, Georgia, in which Count Pulaski was killed. Cardozo was taken prisoner by the British while defending Savannah, but was released at the end of the British stay in that area.

David had three brothers. Isaac Nunez Cardoza was one of the many Jews to help defend Charleston Harbor against the British during the American Revolution. His other two brothers, Moses and Abraham, were also involved in the American Revolution.

Jacob Newton Cardoza, the son of David Nunez, was bom in 1786 in Savannah, Georgia. He was self-educated and was an outstanding economist. Jacob was one of the editors of the Southern Patriot in Charleston, and later became its publisher.

He published Notes On Political Economy and The Economic Mind in American History. Jacob was a strong advocate of free trade and wrote many papers on the subject.

Other famous Cardozos were Albert Jacob Cardozo (1828-1885), who was elected to the New York Supreme Court. His son, Benjamin Nathan (1870-1938), became a member of the United States Supreme Court. As soldiers, jurists and writers, the Cardozo family left its imprint on American history.

This is one of the 150 illustrated true stories of American heroism included in Jewish Heroes and Heroines of America, © 1996, written by Seymour "Sy" Brody of Delray Beach, Florida, illustrated by Art Seiden of Woodmere, New York, and published by Lifetime Books, Inc., Hollywood, FL.

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