David S. Kaufman

David S. Kaufman

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David S. Kaufman

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<!-- This article was automatically created by polbot from http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=K000021. The prose may be stilted, and there may be grammatical and Wikification errors. Please improve in any way you see fit. -->David Spangler Kaufman (December 18, 1813 &ndash; January 31, 1851) was a U.S. Representative from Texas. He was the first Jew elected to Congress from Texas.

Early life and education

Born in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania to German Jewish parents, Kaufman pursued classical studies and was graduated from Princeton College in 1833.

He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Natchez, Mississippi. He commenced practice in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Attracted by the developing country in the Southwest, Kaufman moved to Nacogdoches, Republic of Texas, in 1837.

Military service

He served in the military against the Native Americans and was wounded at the Battle of the Neches.

Public service

He served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives 1838-1843. He served in the Texas Senate 1843-1845. He was appointed Chargé d'Affaires of Texas to the United States in 1845.

Upon the admission of Texas as a State into the Union, Kaufman was elected as a Democrat to the...
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