Patriot Haym Solomon

Revolutionary War Image

Haym Solomon (Salomon) was born in Poland about 1740. At the beginning of America’s Revolution, Mr. Solomon was operating a financial brokerage in New York City. He immediately sided with the Sons of Liberty, and in 1776, was arrested by the British as a spy, and was required to serve them as a German interpreter for Hessian soldiers. However, at the same time he was helping prisoners of the British to escape and encouraging German soldiers to desert. When this was discovered in 1778, the British sentenced him to death. He was able to escape to Philadelphia, which was controlled by the American rebels, and there he resumed his brokerage enterprises.

Solomon was an influential member of the Mikveh Israel congregation, founded in 1740, in Philadelphia and he was a leader in the fight to overturn restrictive Pennsylvania laws barring non-Christians from holding public office. He married Rachel Franks in 1777, and they had four children together.

Haym Solomon performed patriotic service to his adopted land in both New York and Pennsylvania by helping to finance the war. He loaned and contributed large sums of money to the cause of liberty during the American Revolution. He lived at both New York City and Philadelphia and died in that latter city on 6 January 1785, penniless, probably as a result of his loans to the American government. His descendants were never successful in obtaining compensation from Congress for his financial sacrifices.

The remains of Haym Solomon now repose at Mikveh Israel Cemetery. From the photograph, it appears that his grave or place of burial was marked by the Haym Solomon Masonic Lodge in 1976. In the past 100+ years numerous of his female descendants have joined the Daughters of the American Revolution on his service.

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The image, Mikveh Israel Cemetery – Haym Solomon, is subject to copyright by etacar11. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.

4 Responses to Patriot Haym Solomon

  1. JAppel says:

    In citing this information, could you please provide me with your sources as I may use this in a speech to be given shortly.

    Thank you,

    J Appel

  2. See the “About” tab at the top of this blog for the sources. “The mostly modern images that display here, pertaining to the world-shaking events and activities of American rebels in their revolutionary battle for liberty on American soil, mainly between the years 1775 and 1783, are from The words, except quotations, are the author’s. ~~Edna Barney ( ~~”

    My hope is that my writings and the Flickr photographs at this blog will inspire readers to research further into the events and personages of our amazing American Revolution.

  3. R White says:

    I am descended from Joseph Solomon, a contemporary of Haym’s and supposedly a member of your synagogue. Were they brothers? Can you tell me anything about Joseph? He died about 1775 when my ancestor Rachael was a young child. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • david sekerak says:

      Hello, I have a Joseph Solomon in my family tree. He has a daughter named Rachel born in 1765 in Philadelphia and another dtr named Mary born in 1772. Joseph was born in 1740 in the Netherlands and died in 1810. That’s all I have. If you feel we might have something in common, please let me know.

      Thank You
      Dave Sekerak

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