Myer Jacobs

Calhoun Street

A states’ rights advocate and religious reformer

Born in England, Myer Jacobs (1791–1861) married Rebecca Lazarus (1791–1869), a daughter of Marks and Rachel Lazarus, in 1817. He attended the 1832 Nullification Congress in Charleston as a proponent of that doctrine, whose adherents believed that state laws could trump federal laws. Many believed that protective tariffs on imports benefitted New England, at the expense of the South, so southern states wanted to reject the tariff and threatened secession. (That was averted when Congress voted to begin a scale back of the tariffs.) He also stood up against another branch of authority by joining the Reformed Society of Israelites, later signing the 1840 petition to install an organ in the rebuilt synagogue of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.

Gravestone of Myer Jacobs (1791–1861) and his wife, Rebecca Lazarus (1791–1869)

Gravestone of Myer Jacobs (1791–1861) and his wife, Rebecca Lazarus (1791–1869)

Coming Street Cemetery. Photo by Stephane Grauzam, ca. 2015. Courtesy of Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina.