New York, 1755-1784
THOUGH the Frankses were the most important of the Jewish army contractors in the colonies at this time, there were a number of others engaged in the same task of feeding and clothing the troops. Most of them, comparatively speaking small fry, limited themselves to local sectors.
Active in the northern New York-Lake Champlain area was Hayman or Hayyim Levy, an up-and-coming merchant. This young Jew, a Hannoverian, had probably found it easy, because of the English Hannover dynasty, to move from his native Germany to England and then on to the colonies.
Levy soon joined Shearith Israel and became an officer. He took a very active part in the religious life of the community almost to the year of his death. For a time he was chairman of the committee that collected money for the Jews in Palestine. In September, 1756, the thirty-five-year- old hustler was elected president or parnas of the congregation in New York. But at that very same meeting he was