Mackinaw City in Emmet County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Michigan's First Jewish Settler
Ezekiel Solomon, a native of Berlin, Germany, who had served with the British army, arrived at Michilimackinac in the summer of 1761. He is Michiganís first known resident of the Jewish faith. Solomon was one of the most active Mackinac fur traders until his death about 1808. He was one of those who narrowly escaped death in the massacre of 1763. During the Revolutionary War, he and other hard-pressed traders pooled their resources to form a general store. In 1784 he was a member of a committee of eight formed to regulate the Mackinac area trade. Ezekiel Solomonís business often took him to Montreal where he is believed to have been buried and where he was a member of Canadaís first Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel.
Michigan Historical Commission Registered site No. 249
Erected by Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. (Marker Number 249.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 45° 47.267′ N, 84° 43.954′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 75. Touch for map. Marker is located near northwest edge of Colonial Michilimackinac Fort parking
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mackinac Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Michilimackinac (approx. 0.2 miles away); Building Mighty Mac (approx. ľ mile away); Graveyard of the Deep (approx. ľ mile away); Historic Mackinaw City (approx. half a mile away); Island-Hopping the Straits (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Dixie Highway (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
Also see . . .
1. First Jewish Settler in Michigan Informational Historical Marker.
Descendents of Ezekiel Solomon apparently make efforts to highlight his accomplishments since he was one of the first non-French and, presumably, the first Jewish fur trader in the Northwest as well as the first Jewish resident of what is now Michigan.† He was also a member of the first Jewish congregation founded in Canada.† This was established in 1760 as the Shearith Israel Congregation but is also known as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal.† It is quite likely that he was one of the founding members of the Sephardic congregation. (Submitted on August 17, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Virtual Jewish World: Michigan, United States.
Michigan has been home to Jews since 1761, when the first Jewish settler, Ezekiel Solomon, came as a fur trader and supplier to the British troops in the strategic wilderness outpost at Fort Michilimackinac. (Submitted on August 17, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Learning About Ezekiel Solomonís Home in Fort Michilimackinac.
For years Iíve been exploring my family history, trying to learn more about my family story. Among the most fascinating discoveries has been the story of Ezekiel Solomon, and the first post I wrote about him remains the most visited and most commented one on my site. (Submitted on August 17, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.