Jew Bill

Until the passage of this bill, a copy of which is in the collection of Baltimore's Jewish Museum of Maryland, Jewish citizens of the Free State had to swear a Christian oath to hold public office. State legislator Thomas Kennedy finally won passage of his bill in 1826 -- either (depending on your interpretation of history) because lawmakers were finally aware of the injustice of the requirement, or because they were looking to expand their electoral base.

( Baltimore Sun / April 18, 2013 )

Until the passage of this bill, a copy of which is in the collection of Baltimore's Jewish Museum of Maryland, Jewish citizens of the Free State had to swear a Christian oath to hold public office. State legislator Thomas Kennedy finally won passage of his bill in 1826 -- either (depending on your interpretation of history) because lawmakers were finally aware of the injustice of the requirement, or because they were looking to expand their electoral base.

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