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Benjamin Gomez

Benjamin Gomez[1]

Male 1769 - 1828  (58 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Gomez  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 11 Sep 1769  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 17 Sep 1769  [5
    Occupation Between 1791 through 1800  New York, New York (Manhattan), NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    First Jewish Bookseller and Publisher in NY 
    Address:
    n/a 
    Synagogue 1804  New York, New York (Manhattan), NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Trustee - Treasurer - Shearith Israel 
    • "Several times in the 1st decade of the 19th century he was elected Parnas of the Congregation."
    Occupation 1800-1815  New York, New York (Manhattan), NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Ran a Lottery office 
    Occupation Between 1815 through 1824  New York, New York (Manhattan), NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Grocer 
    Occupation Between 1825 through 1828  New York, New York (Manhattan), NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Tobacconist 
    Reference Number 3863 
    Died 14 Aug 1828  New York, New York (Manhattan), NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Buried 14 Aug 1828  New York, New York (Manhattan), NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I3863  aojd
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2011 

    Family ID F7560  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ID F1351  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Research):AJLLJ Portraits Database 5 Aug 2011

      The Gomez family was among the wealthiest and most influential in New York throughout much of the eighteenth century. They were certainly well settled in America by the time Benjamin was born in 1769— his was the fourth generation of the Gomez family on these shores. Members of the Sephardic elite, the family claimed their lineage traced back to a court Jew who was warned by King Ferdinand of the imminent expulsion.
           The Gomezes of New York had vast real estate holdings as well as significant mercantile, shipping and retail interests. Benjamin was the son of Matthias and Rachel Gomez. He became a bookseller, perhaps the first Jew to take up this profession in New York, and his shop served as a gathering place for intellectually engaged New Yorkers of the late eighteenth century.
           Unfortunately the book trade failed to prove a lucrative one, and soon "Benjamin Gomez, Bookseller and Stationer, N0. 32 Maiden Lane, near the Flymarket" shut its doors, and he pursued other business interests. He served as the head of the Fortunate Lottery Office, worked as a grocer and a tobacconist.
           In 1797 he married Charlotte Hendricks, sister of Harmon Hendricks, celebrated early American industrialist. They had three daughters and a son, Mathias, who was killed in a duel in New Orleans.

      PEIS - de Sola Poole ""his mother died when he was a lad of seven." "He was 14 when his father died in patriotic exile in Philadelphia." [7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S285] .

    2. [S4] PG. 110 HENDRICKS (1) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S4] PG. 85 GOMEZ I (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S78] VOLS 23-24, PG 159. WILLS OF EARLY JEWISH SETTLERS IN NEW YORK - FRIEDMAN. (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S32] GOMEZ, BENJAMIN: PG 432-434, BIO 135 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S32] HENRICKS, EVE ESTHER [GOMEZ]: PGS. 479, BIO 170 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S294] GOMEZ, BENJAMIN (Reliability: 3).