Jacob Lumbrozo was born in Lisbon, Portugal his exact date of birth is unknown. He was a physician and farmer by trade. He moved to Holland and then to Maryland arriving is 1656. At the time of his arrival he was the only physician in Maryland. In 1663, he was given letters with them containing certain privileges, enabling him to take up land under the liberal terms established.
He appeared as a witness in a lawsuit in 1657, and served as a juror in 1663. In 1665, he was granted a commission to trade with Native Americans. He amassed considerable wealth both in real and personal property. In 1658, he was arrested under the provisions of the so-called Toleration Act of 1649, for blasphemy: that is, for the denial of the doctrine of the Trinity. He was given amnesty ten days later. He died in 1665.
What you may not know about Dr. Lumbrozo is that he was the first Jewish resident of Maryland who can be identified by documentary evidence.
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