Jacob Rodriguez Rivera

Credits / Citations


Along with Aaron Lopez, Rivera occupied highest position in commercial, religious and social life of Newport’s Jewish community.  


Brother-in-law of Moses Lopez; his daughter married Aaron Lopez in 1763.


United Company of Spermaceti Candlers, one of America’s first cartels, was established to control cost and distribution of  product.  Aaron Lopez was involved as well as Rivera and his partner Henry Collins. 


In 1759, acting in trust for the Newport congregation, acquired land on Griffin Street (now Touro) for a synagogue. 



Moved to Leicester, Massachusetts, during the Revolution.  



“Aaron Lopez.” Providence: Old Stone Bank, 1932. 10 p. 


Adelman, David C. Life and Times of Judah Touro. [Newport] Touro Fraternal Association, 1936. 


Alexander, Lloyd.  The Flagship Hope: Aaron Lopez.  [Philadelphia] Jewish Publication Society [1960] 


Americans of Jewish Descent: A Compendium of Genealogy. compiled by Malcolm H. Stern. New York, Ktav Publishing House, Inc. 1971. 


Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island. Providence, National Biographical Publishing Co. 1881. 


Bigelow, Bruce M. “Aaron Lopez: Colonial Merchant of Newport.” New England Quarterly, Oct. 31, v, 4, no. 4, p. 757-776. 


Chyet, Stanley F. “Aaron Lopez: A Study in Buenafama.” American Jewish Historical Quarterly, 52 (1963), p. 295-309. 


Chyet, Stanley F.  Lopez of Newport: Colonial American Merchant Prince. Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1970 


Goldowsky, Seebert J. “More on Aaron Lopez.” RI Jewish Historical Notes, 6. 1973. p. 313-326. 


Gutstein, Morris. Aaron Lopez and Judah Touro. New York, Behrman’s Book House, 1931. 


Gutstein, Morris A.  Aaron Lopez and Judah Touro: A Refugee and a Son of a Refugee. New York, Behrman’s Jewish Book House, 1939. 


Gutstein, Morris. “ The Touro family in Newport”. Newport Historical Society, no. 94, 1935, p. 1-39. 


Huhner, Leon. The Life of Judah Touro (1775-1854).  Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1946. 


Kohler, Max J. “The Lopez and Rivera Fmilies of Newport”. American Jewish Historical Society Publications 2, 1894, p. 101-106. 


Platt, Virginia Bever. “’And Don’t Forget the Guinea Voyage’: the Slave Trade of Aaron Lopez of Newport.” William and Mary Quarterly. 3 ser.32 ,1975, p. 601-618. 


Platt, Virginia Bever. “Tar Staves, and New England Rum: the Trade of Aaron Lopez of Newport, Rhode Island, with colonial North Carolina.” North Carolina Historical Review, 48, 1971, p. 1-22. 


“Two Benefactors.”  Proceedings of the Bunker Hill Monument Association at the Annual Meeting, June 17, 1890. Boston, the Association, 1890. 


Walker, Alexander, “Judah Touro.”  Lives of American Merchants by Freeman Hunt. New York, Derby & Jackson, 1858.  




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