“The name Lavien can be a Sephardic variant of Levine” notes Ron Chernow, in his biography Alexander Hamilton, on which the hit musical Hamilton was based.But Chernow notes that “if he was Jewish he managed to conceal his origins.Perhaps you more serious about seeking a romantic relationship, a lasting companion, or simply to make new friendships?
According to generations of biographers, Alexander Hamilton, the Revolutionary War hero, first US Secretary of the Treasury, and co-author of The Federalist Papers, was a Christian.
Now, University of Oklahoma Professor Andrew Porwancher is questioning that assessment.
“The Caribbean was the center of the Jewish world in the Western Hemisphere” at the time, Prof.
Porwancher explains, and Nevis was then 25% Jewish. Porwancher even retraced the route Hamilton would have taken from his mother’s house to his Jewish school, wending his way through what once was the island’s Jewish quarter; the trip took a mere six minutes.
Had (Michael Lavien) presented himself as a Jew,” he wouldn’t have been accepted into St. For generations, Hamilton scholars seem to have dismissed the idea that Michael Lavien and possibly his bride Rachel were Jews. Porwancher learned Danish in order to read the original St.
Croix documents relating to Hamilton’s family for himself.
Many historians base their assertion that Michael Lavien wasn’t Jewish on the fact that official documents don’t identify him as such. It’s entirely possible that Lavien was Jewish and this fact was not officially noted.
Moreover, marriage between Christians and Jews was forbidden in St.
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Alexander Hamilton’s son wrote that his father looked back on his years in Jewish school with pleasure: “Rarely as he alluded to his personal history, he mentioned with a smile his having been taught to repeat the Decalogue (10 Commandments) in Hebrew, at the school of a Jewess.” Historians have long dismissed this evidence of a possible Jewish connection for Hamilton by noting that his illegitimate birth would have made it impossible for Alexander Hamilton to be baptized, and therefore barred him from attending a Christian school.