Monday, June 8, 2009

U.S Already Had a Hispanic Justice

Judge Sotomayor would not be the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. We've already had one: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, U. S. Supreme Court Justice from 1932 - 1938, a Sephardic Jew of Spanish ancestry.

His father, Judge Albert Cardozo, was Vice President and Trustee of the famous Spanish-Portuguese synagogue in New York City, Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest congregation in the western hemisphere. It was founded in Recife, Brazil circa 1630 and moved to New Amsterdam (now New York City) in 1654 when Portugal took Brazil from the Dutch and brought the Inquisition there.

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