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War of 1812 veteran Mordecai Myers became Sch’dy mayor in his 70s

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A quick glance at the long and varied life of Mordecai Myers convinced Neil Yetwin this was somebody worth spending a lot of time with. “Someone mentioned to me that Schenectady once had a Jewish mayor back in the 19th century, and I thought that was mildly interesting,” said Yetwin, a history teacher at Schenectady High School. “It was uncommon, but not impossible by the 1850s. However, when I looked a little closer at his ...

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