Philadephia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy
Nissan 30, 5552 - Adar II 20, 5622
"I am an American, a sailor and a Jew."
During his fifty-year naval career, Levy was court martialed six times and killed a man in a duel - all incidents related to rampant anti-Semitism. He was dismissed twice from the U.S. Navy, but was reinstated by Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler. He went on to command the Mediterranean Fleet and was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to head the Navy Court Martial Board during the Civil War. Levy played a key role in helping to repeal the flogging of sailors, making the U.S. Navy the first military organization in the world to abolish physical punishment.
Levy greatly admired President Thomas Jefferson and the Bill of Rights he crafted, which safeguarded religious liberties for all Americans. In 1832, he commissioned a statue of Jefferson, which sits in the U.S. Capitol today. In
The World War II destroyer escort USS Levy (DE-162) was named in his honor, as were the Uriah P. Levy Jewish Chapel at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, and the Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Levy is buried at Beth Olom Cemetery in Queens, New York.
Given with love of God and Country
In Memory of Vice Admiral James A. Zimble, MC USN Ret. (1933-2011)
Beloved 30th Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy
Dedicated 16, 2011, Kislev 20, 5772
Rabbi Aaron Landes, Rear Admiral CHC USN Ret.
Captain Gary "Yuri" Tabach, USN Ret
Joshua H. Landes
Location. 39° 57.08′ N, 75° 8.907′ W. Marker is in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on North 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 N 5th Street, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Haym Salomon (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Hewes (within shouting distance of this marker); George Ross (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Hopkinson (within shouting distance of this marker); William Henry Drayton (within shouting distance of this marker); Matthew Clarkson (within shouting distance of this marker); Major William Jackson - 40th Signer of the U.S. Constitution (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Mason (about 300 feet away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Levy Legacy at Thomas Jeﬀerson's Monticello
Also see . . . Uriah P. Levy on Find-A-Grave. (Submitted on September 28, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Additional keywords. Congregation Mikveh Israel
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Patriots & Patriotism • War of 1812 • War, US Civil •
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