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The Interfaith Endowment

October 7, 2013


Conrad Hubert purchased U.S. Patent No. 617,592 from David Misell, and, building on Misell’s basic idea, Hubert invented the flashlight in the late 19th century.  When he passed away in 1928, three-fourths of his fortune was to be given away by a committee consisting of a Catholic, a Jew, and a Protestant.  The Catholic member of this triumvirate was Governor Al Smith of New York, who lost the presidential election to Herbert Hoover in 1928.  The Jew was Julius Rosenwald, founder of Sears.  The Protestant was outgoing President Calvin Coolidge.  The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and various hospitals benefited from these bequests.

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