Ellis Island Medal Highlights America as a Nation of Immigrants

Ellis Island Immigration Museum pic
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
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As chairman of Cambridge Therapeutics, John Klein leads a team focused on manufacturing high-quality, customer-friendly medical devices, including prescription dispensing modalities for a variety of medications. In addition to his endeavors with Cambridge Therapeutics, John Klein is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

In 1997, the Ellis Island Honors Society selected Mr. Klein and other recipients as prominent individuals who represent the best values of the United States, highlighting the rich mosaic of backgrounds from which the country’s population today derives. The landmark for which the organization is named is a symbol of the contributions immigrants and their descendants have made to American life.

Ellis Island is a small land mass situated in Upper New York Bay between Manhattan and New Jersey. It takes its name from Samuel Ellis, the merchant who was its owner around the time of the American Revolution. Just after the turn of the 19th century, the federal government purchased the island from the state of New York for use as a fort.

The island would become the largest station through which new immigrants had to enter the country. From 1892 to 1924, about 12 million individuals passed through its precincts. After 1924, its part in the immigration story drew to a close, and it was incorporated into the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965. Almost a dozen years later, the National Park Service took over the site’s administration. In 1990, its restored structures opened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

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