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Henry Lyons (1805-1858)
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Henry Lyons (1805–1858)
Artist unknown
ca. 1850
Oil on canvas
Private collection

Henry Lyons made his mark in banking and politics. His parents had settled in Charleston around 1811; in the early 1820s, the family moved to Columbia, South Carolina, and opened a grocery store. Henry became director of the Commercial Bank, a member of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, and for eight years a warden of the city of Columbia. He was elected mayor in 1850, the second Jewish man to attain the post.

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