JACOBS, SOLOMON (1777–1827), U.S. civic leader. Jacobs, who was born in Heidelberg, Pa., went to Richmond, Virginia, before 1800. He served as city recorder (1814) and acting mayor (1815), the highest public offices held by any Jew in Richmond's history. Jacobs was elected three times grand master of the Grand Lodge of Masonry in Virginia. He was a president of Beth Shalome Congregation.

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