Moses Elias Levy

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Moses Elias Levy (1782 in Mogador, Morocco – September 7, 1854 in White Sulphur Springs, Virginia) was a Jewish-American businessman and a social and religious reformer. He was unusual for the fact that he was a slaveholder as well as an advocate for the gradual emancipation of slaves. Levy wrote "A Plan for the Abolition of Slavery" in London in 1828, achieving celebrity at the height of the antislavery campaign. In the United States, Levy eventually purchased 100,000 acres in north-central Florida where he established Pilgrimage Plantation, a refuge for persecuted European Jews, and was also one of the founders of the town of Micanopy. Levy is frequently noted as the father of U.S. Senator David Levy Yulee.[1] Pilgrimage Plantation, the first communitarian refuge for displaced European Jews in America was destroyed by Seminole forces in 1835 during the onset of the Second Seminole War.[2]


  1. ^ Monaco, C. S. (2005). Moses Levy of Florida: Jewish Utopian and Antebellum Reformer. Louisiana State University Press. ISBN 0-8071-3095-8. 
  2. ^ Huhner, Leon (April 1941). "Moses Elias Levy: An Early Florida Pioneer and the Father of Florida's First Senator". The Florida Historical Quarterly. Florida Historical Society. 19 (4): 319–345. JSTOR 30138386.