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Leisler, Jacob

David William Voorhees

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780195082098
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0100512
Leisler, Jacob

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Leisler, Jacob (bap. 31 March 1640), merchant and de facto lieutenant governor of New York, was born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, the son of Rev. Jacob Victorian Leisler, minister of the Frankfurt French Reformed congregation, and Susanna Adelheid Wissenbach. The family was of the magisterial class. In 1637 Rev. Leisler fled the imposition of the Inquisition in Spanish-occupied Frankenthal, in which city he was minister to the Huguenot community. He sought refuge in Kreuznach. The following year he was called to be minister of Frankfurt’s French congregation. Because the Lutheran Frankfurt council forbade the practice of the Reformed religion within city walls, the French congregation gathered in the nearby suburb of Bockenheim. Leisler’s youth was thus shaped by his family’s social position, his father’s Calvinist convictions, and the turmoil of the Thirty Years’ War....

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Subjects: Manufacturing ; History of Manufacturing and Construction ; US Politics ; US Colonial and Revolutionary History ; Colonialism and Imperialism

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