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Uriah Phillips Levy
Date: 1792 - 1862
Remarks: From a large Jewish family, Levy ran away from home to work as a cabin boy at age ten and returned at age thirteen for his Bar Mitzvah; he worked on many different ships and became a U.S. Navy officer during the War of 1812; he later commanded several ships in the Navy; he opposed corporal punishment and was dismissed from the Navy because of this. President Tyler reinstated him. Dismissed and reinstated again, Levy rose to command the Mediterranean Squadron, earning the honorary title of Commodore. Interested in Thomas Jefferson, Levy purchased Monticello, restored it to its original condition and opened it for public visitation.