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 David Naar

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David Naar

Birth
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Death
24 Feb 1880 (aged 79)
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Burial
Hillside, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Plot
Lot 10, Section C
Memorial ID
15998370 View Source

journalist, born in St. Thomas, Wisconsin, 6
November, 1800; died in Trenton, New Jersey, 25 February, 1880. He
belonged to an old family of Portuguese Jews that maintained its family
records from the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. He was
educated as a merchant in the West Indies, and with his brothers
established a commission business in New York, which was destroyed by
the fire of 1835. He then engaged in farming near Elizabethtown, New
Jersey, and by his general reading and strong oratorical powers soon
became a public speaker of note. In the canvass of 1844 he accompanied
James Buchanan on an electioneering tour through the state, and when the
Polk administration began he was appointed by Mr. Buchanan, then
secretary of state, United States consul to St. Thomas, at that time an
important commercial centre. On his return in 1848 he maintained his
reputation as a popular and effective speaker, and was elected mayor of
Elizabeth in 1849, clerk of the house of assembly in 1851-'2, and state
treasurer in 1865. He was an ardent Mason, and during the agitation in
relation to colored members did much to secure the recognition by the
New Jersey grand lodge of the universality of the order. In 1853 he
assumed control of the Trenton "True American," and made its
influence felt in the state.

journalist, born in St. Thomas, Wisconsin, 6
November, 1800; died in Trenton, New Jersey, 25 February, 1880. He
belonged to an old family of Portuguese Jews that maintained its family
records from the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. He was
educated as a merchant in the West Indies, and with his brothers
established a commission business in New York, which was destroyed by
the fire of 1835. He then engaged in farming near Elizabethtown, New
Jersey, and by his general reading and strong oratorical powers soon
became a public speaker of note. In the canvass of 1844 he accompanied
James Buchanan on an electioneering tour through the state, and when the
Polk administration began he was appointed by Mr. Buchanan, then
secretary of state, United States consul to St. Thomas, at that time an
important commercial centre. On his return in 1848 he maintained his
reputation as a popular and effective speaker, and was elected mayor of
Elizabeth in 1849, clerk of the house of assembly in 1851-'2, and state
treasurer in 1865. He was an ardent Mason, and during the agitation in
relation to colored members did much to secure the recognition by the
New Jersey grand lodge of the universality of the order. In 1853 he
assumed control of the Trenton "True American," and made its
influence felt in the state.


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  • Created by: Laurie
  • Added: 4 Oct 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 15998370
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15998370/david-naar: accessed ), memorial page for David Naar (10 Nov 1800–24 Feb 1880), Find a Grave Memorial ID 15998370, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union County, New Jersey, USA; Maintained by Laurie (contributor 2811407).