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Boss Simon: Joseph Simon: The First Jewish Republican Senator By Richard Simon
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Political devil. The Judas Iscariot of Oregon politics. Little Napoleon. Those are among the terms used to describe Joseph Simon, the nation’s first Jewish Republican senator. Oregon’s... More > Boss Simon was a machine politician who hobnobbed with U.S. presidents. But he had an ugly falling out with Teddy Roosevelt, accusing the president of discriminating against him because he was Jewish. The author had heard about his famous relative. But no one in the family knew much about Senator Simon. So, Richard Simon, a former congressional correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, looked into Senator Simon’s life. What he discovered was a man described as “worse than a Southern Pacific train robber.” Joe Simon’s election to the U.S. Senate was called “one of the greatest political surprises ever.’’ Simon, an attorney for powerful railroads, played a critical role in the development of the Pacific Northwest.< Less
Boss Simon: Joseph Simon: The First Jewish Republican Senator By Richard Simon
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Political devil. The Judas Iscariot of Oregon politics. Little Napoleon. Those are among the terms used to describe Joseph Simon, the nation’s first Jewish Republican senator. Oregon’s... More > Boss Simon was a machine politician who hobnobbed with U.S. presidents. But he had an ugly falling out with Teddy Roosevelt, accusing the president of discriminating against him because he was Jewish. The author had heard about his famous relative. But no one in the family knew much about Senator Simon. So, Richard Simon, a former congressional correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, looked into Senator Simon’s life. What he discovered was a man described as “worse than a Southern Pacific train robber.” Joe Simon’s election to the U.S. Senate was called “one of the greatest political surprises ever.’’ Simon, an attorney for powerful railroads, played a critical role in the development of the Pacific Northwest.< Less
A Dream Fulfilled By Richard Simon
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One family member was a Jewish pioneer in gold rush San Francisco, selling dry goods down the block from fellow German immigrant Levi Strauss. Another family member was one of the wealthiest Jews in... More > the 19th Century—a tobacco merchant, hotel owner, Wall Street banker and real estate investor who once met President Grant and hobnobbed with prominent Jews profiled in Stephen Birmingham’s “Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York.” Other family members included a pioneer in the silk business, a Russian Jew who fled persecution, a colorful Brooklyn merchant who was the first to display an ad on a trolley car that crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and a Palm Springs civic activist. Richard Simon, a retired Los Angeles Times reporter, writes about the lives of his family members, including the adversities they overcame, in “A Dream Fulfilled.’’< Less

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