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TOURO, Judah, philanthropist, born in Newport, Rhode Island, 16 June, 1775; died in New Orleans, Louisiana, 18 June, 1854. Leaving Newport in 1798. where his father, Isaae Touro, a native of Holland, was minister of the synagogue, he entered commercial life in Boston, and settled as a merchant in New Orleans in 1802. Here he acquired great, wealth through his thrift and industry. He volunteered under General Jackson when the British marched against New Orleans, and was wounded in battle on 1 January, 1815. Being saved by the bravery and care of Rezin Davis Shepherd, Touro bequeathed to him a large share of his property. He was a steady and generous giver to charities, Jewish and Christian, and endowed several synagogues and churches throughout the country. He gave $10,000 toward Bunker Hill monument. His remains are buried in the Newport Jewish cemetery.
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