Sophie Levitt married Samuel Litwin around 1894. All census records indicate that she was born about 1874 in Austria. (This is one line I still need to work on to figure out exactly where they came from.) Samuel was from Russia and according to U.S. census records in Newark, was in Real Estate, then Insurance. My mother-in-law remembers when he died in 1935. Sophie survived him, but we don't know when or where she died; it could be New Jersey or it could be Florida.
Samuel and Sophie had three children:
David Milton Litwin (b. May 30, 1896 in Newark; d. Dec 1972)
Moses A. Litwin (b. 1907, New Jersey)
Jeanette Litwin (b. June 2, 1910, Newark)
David M. Litwin was a lawyer by profession and was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of the New Jersey legislature in 1927. At that time, the General Assembly had 60 members, elected annually and apportioned to the then-nineteen counties by population.
The Jewish Chronicle on GenealogyBank has many news stories about David Litwin's career as an Assemblyman (as well as "social" notes) and is the source for the following stories.
|Jewish Chronicle, May 29, 1925|
The following story gives a sense of what Rep. Litwin's first year in the legislature was like.
|Jewish Chronicle, April 13, 1928|
|Jewish Chronicle, November 7, 1930|
When he was on the ballot in November 1929, he was the "First Jew Nominated Three Times in Succession for Seat" on the Republican Assembly ticket. This article notes that he "has been a lawyer since 1917, when he was admitted at the age of twenty-one after waiting a year following his graduation from New York University. Before 1927 he was not in politics."
At the start of his third term, he was chairman of the corporations committee and a member of the highways and municipal corporations committees. (January 24, 1930)
In November 1930, he was elected to the General Assembly for the fourth time. See a portion of this article at right. (November 7, 1930)
"David M. Litwin, who had served four straight terms in the Assembly, went down to defeat in the Democratic landslide." (November 6, 1931)
After his four years in the Assembly, he continued in the public eye, involved in civic and Jewish causes. The Jewish Chronicle on GenealogyBank only goes up to 1943, and I have been unable to find an obituary for him. He died in December 1972.
His mother, Sophie, was sister to Rose (Levitt) Goldstein's father, Max Levitt, making David first cousin to Rose and first cousin twice removed to my husband.
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