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PEIXOTTO, Daniel Levy Maduro, physician, born in Amsterdam, Holland, 18 July, 1800; died in New York city, 13 May, 1843. He came at an early age with his parents to New York, where his father, Moses L. M. Peixotto, became subsequently minister of a Jewish synagogue. The son was graduated at Columbia in 1816, and took the degree of M. D. in 1819. After a few years of travel he returned to New York in 1823, where he pursued his profession with success, and gained a place among the foremost practitioners of his day. He was one of the physicians of the city dispensary in 1827, and president of the New York county medical society in 1830-'2, and took an active part in public charitable work as well as in Jewish educational movements.--His son, Benjamin Franklin, lawyer, born in New York city, 13 November, 1834, after attending school in New York went to Cleveland, Ohio, where he studied law under Stephen A. Douglas and wrote for the " Plaindealer." In 1867 he removed to San Francisco, where he continued his practice as a lawyer. In 1870-'5 he was United States consul in Bucharest, Roumania, where his influence was marked in securing civil and religious liberty. In 1876 he returned to the United States and took part in the presidential canvass in favor of Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1877 he declined the appointment of consul-general at St. Petersburg. He was subsequently made United States consul at Lyons, France, which post he held until 1885, when he returned to New York and resumed the practice of law. Mr. Peixotto has been largely identified with educational and charitable movements among the Jews of this country, is favorably known as a lecturer, and edits the "Menorah," a monthly, established in 1886, devoted to the interests of the Independent order of Benai Berith and Judaism and Jewish literature.
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