Eliot Spitzer

2005 Mother Hale Awards For Caring Gala

Spitzer in 2005, photo by prphotos

Birth Name: Eliot Laurence Spitzer

Place of Birth: Riverdale, The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 10, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Eliot Spitzer is an American politician, attorney, educator, and real estate developer. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Governor of New York, from January 1, 2007 to March 17, 2008. He resigned because of his involvement in a prostitution scandal. He was previously Attorney General of New York, from January 1, 1999 to December 31, 2006.

Eliot is the son of Anne (Goldhaber), a professor of English, and Bernard Spitzer (Bernard Emmanuel Spitzer), a real estate developer and philanthropist.

His paternal grandparents were Polish Jewish emigrants, from Tluste. His maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from what is now Israel, then part of the Ottoman Empire.

Eliot has three children with his former wife, businessperson and lawyer Silda Wall Spitzer.

Eliot’s paternal grandfather was named Morris Spitzer (the son of Ephraim Yosef ben Avraham Tzvi HaLevi Spitzer and Eva).

Eliot’s paternal grandmother was named Amalia Sarah “Molly” Katz (the daughter of David Katz and Esther).

Eliot’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph Goldhaber.

Eliot’s maternal grandmother was named Zirel “Shirley” Heller.

The 1930 U.S. Census lists all of Eliot’s maternal great-grandparents as having been born in “Palestine,” Ottoman-controlled Israel, and the family lived in the city of Safed. Given the Ashkenazi Jewish surnames Goldhaber and Heller, it is likely that Eliot’s mother’s family was Ashkenazi, and had perhaps come to the area as part of the First Aliyah, from 1882 to 1903.

Sources: Genealogies of Eliot Spitzer – http://www.wargs.com

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