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LOPEZ, AARON (ca. 1731-1782).

Born in Portugal, Lopez came to the U.S. with his wife and child and settled in Newport, R.I. He became a successful merchant esteemed by the entire community. Denied naturalization by Rhode Island, he was the first Jew to be naturalized in Massachusetts. Lopez owned many ships that, along with his personal fortune, he placed at the disposal of the American Revolution.

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