Simeon Magruder Levy

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Simeon Magruder Levy was born in Pennsylvania back in 1774 to Andrew and Susanna.  The family moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1799.  In 1793, he enlisted in the United States Army as a sergeant and distinguished himself at the Battle of Maumee Rapids in 1794.  For his actions his Captain Benjamin Lockwood recommended Levy as a cadet in the newly founded United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Levy entered the academy in 1801, there was only one other cadet in the class and he came in second upon graduation.  Levy served as an instructor at West Point then as an engineer at Fort James Jackson and Fort Wilkinson, Georgia.  He fell ill in 1805 and resigned his commission, he died two year later.

What you may not know about Levy is that he was the first Jewish graduate for the academy.

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Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as Nina Hollander, Broker has often shared with us - someone has to be first.

May 30, 2021 04:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... considering the prevalence of anti-semitism in those days, this was quite the accomplishment.

May 30, 2021 04:22 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nina Hollander nailed it! And by the way those working on this site need to fix the tagging feature. It onoy works intermittently! Enjoy your day!

May 30, 2021 04:58 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A well-deserved accomplishment.

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 30, 2021 05:05 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - many distinguished people graduated from West Point of who we no little or nothing.

May 30, 2021 05:14 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your posts remind me that there is a long history of fighting in wars and such, haha.

May 30, 2021 05:21 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Your post was right on,  thank you for posting.  Enjoy your Sunday, and with a bonus.  Tomorrow is Sunday again.  Hope you are enjoyibg the Memorial Day Weekend.  But we CANT forget what Memorial Day is all about.  God Bless all our fallen Heroes.  Bill Salvatore #AZVHV

May 30, 2021 05:49 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, a small class at West Point compare to now.  Thanks for the information on this history lesson.

 

May 30, 2021 08:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.

May 30, 2021 09:03 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Thank you for posting yet another interesting biography

May 30, 2021 09:30 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - His story as a cadet reminds me of a joke.  You tell someone that they are number 2 when they ask you who is number 1, you tell them everyone else tied for number 1!  

May 30, 2021 10:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

A lot happened to him in his short life. Too bad ts ended when it did - what else might he have accomplished?

May 30, 2021 10:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James,

What a story, and he certainly was an accomplished man.  And it is true what both Nina Hollander, Broker and Michael Jacobs said, someone has to be first...A

May 30, 2021 10:47 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

In light of the fact there were only two graduates I'm wondering what faith the other grad professed James Dray . BTW you could say that "of all the graduates in the first class half of them were Jewish.

May 30, 2021 12:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James - It was an accomplishment for this man all the way around. 

May 30, 2021 04:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James having spent time at USMA, we had to study  about the Long Gray Line and in all fairness I forgot about the Second Cadet:) so with that said thank you for sharing this historical trivia, Endre

May 30, 2021 10:05 PM