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NOAH, SAMUEL (1779–1871). Samuel Noah, soldier, the son of Elias Noah, was born in London, England, on July 9, 1779. He was reared in England and immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1807 and is believed to be the first Jew to do so. After graduation First Lieutenant Noah was sent to the Florida frontier, where he served until he resigned his commission in 1811 and joined Augustus W. Magee, a 1809 West Point graduate, and a group of adventurers who went to Texas as part of the Gutiérrez-Magee expedition to help free Mexico from Spanish rule. In 1813 Noah returned to New York to fight in the War of 1812. In 1814–15 he fought as a private in Capt. Benjamin Dunning's company of the New York Militia. After the war Noah spent two years in England. He returned to the United States and taught school in New York and Virginia. He died on March 10, 1871, in Mount Pulaski, Illinois.


George W. Cullum, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York (8 vols., New York [etc.]: D. Van Nostrand [etc.], 1868–1940). Natalie Ornish, Pioneer Jewish Texans (Dallas: Texas Heritage, 1989). Malcolm H. Stern, First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies, 1654–1988, 3d ed. (Baltimore: Ottenheimer, 1991). Simon Wolf, The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen (Philadelphia: Levytype, 1895).

Natalie Ornish


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Natalie Ornish, "NOAH, SAMUEL," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.