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Meijer, the son of a well-to-do family, was the first Jewish lawyer in the Netherlands. He has had a… [More] significant impact on Dutch law, and is also known for his battle for legal emancipation of the Dutch Jews. The Jonas Daniel Meijerplein, a square in Amsterdam (where Meijer died), was named after him. [Less]
1857: William Howard Taft
Taft is the only man to serve as United States President and then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.… [More] He served one term of President sandwiched between Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Interesting fact: He was the first president to attend a Passover seder. In 1912, when he visited Providence, RI, he participated in the family Seder of Colonel Harry Cutler, first president of the National Jewish Welfare Board; 1912 was an election year and Taft’s attendance may have been part of an attempt to shore up his political support among Jewish voters. [Less]
1929: Murray Gell-Mann
Gell-Mann, born in Manhattan to Jewish immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was a child… [More] prodigy. Today, he is an American physicist and recipient of the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. He is the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, a Distinguished Fellow and co-founder of the Santa Fe Institute, Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of New Mexico, and the Presidential Professor of Physics and Medicine at the University of Southern California. [Less]