ABRAHAMS, ISAAC (1756–1832?), physician. He was the first Jewish graduate of Columbia (Kings) College, receiving an A.B. degree from that institution in 1774. At commencement he delivered a Latin oration "On Concord." After 1786 Abrahams took up permanent residence in New York where he became involved in the affairs of the synagogue, as he previously had done in Philadelphia and Baltimore. He served as president of the Congregation Shearith Israel in 1801. There is some difficulty in an exact identification since there was at least one other contemporary of the same name. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: H. Morrison, Early Jewish Physicians in America (1928), index; Rosenbloom, Biogr, Dict. (Leo Hershkowitz)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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