Monticello remains one of the most iconic landmarks in American preservation. While it is remembered in the history books as the home of President Thomas Jefferson, few know the little-known story of what happened to the property after his passing. Leaving behind a wave of financial debt, Jefferson may have never expected his beloved home to be purchased by Captain Uriah Phillips Levy, a Jewish naval officer from Philadelphia. The first Jew to have a 50-year career in the navy and to become a commodore, Levy shared the former president’s beliefs in religious liberty and separation of church and state. For nearly 100 years, the Levy family continued to own and preserve Monticello’s delicate architecture, amidst increasing antisemitic backlash from the community.
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