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Cohen family papers

Cohen family papers, 1794-1840
Cohen family papers
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Papers, 1794-1840, of the Cohen family of Richmond, Virginia, consisting of a letter, 4 September 1840, from A. H. Cohen (d. 1841), G. A. Myers (1801-1869), Samuel Marx (1796-1860), and Samuel H. Myers (1799-1849) of Richmond to President Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) containing a resolution thanking Van Buren for his actions in protesting the persecution of Jews in the Middle East; a letter, 20 December 1836, from G. A. Myers to Dr. Joshua I. Cohen (1801-1870) of Baltimore, Maryland, concerning John Marshall (1755-1835); a letter, 16 April 1801, from Governor James Monroe (1758-1831) of Virginia to Jacob I. Cohen (ca. 1741-1823) of Richmond appointing him an inspector of the penitentiary; letters patent, 3 March 1825, issued to Jacob I. Cohen, Jr. (1789-1869), signed by President James Monroe concerning an improvement in the drawing of lotteries; and a note, 21 February 1794, from Carter Braxton (1736-1797) to Jacob I. Cohen ordering blankets and other supplies. Item "a" is located in the business records. Originals are located in the American Jewish Historical Society
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Jacob I. Cohen was born about 1742 in Oberdorfer, Germany, and emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1773. He then relocted to Charleston, South Carolina, where he enlisted in the militia when the American Revolution began. Captured when Charleston fell to the British, Cohen returned to Philadelphia after the Revolution ended. There he married Esther (Elizabeth) Whitlock Mordecai (d. 1804). Cohen moved to Richmond, Virginia, and became a partner in Cohen and Isaacs, a mercantile firm. Cohen became a prominent and prosperous citizen of Richmond, serving as a magistrate. He helped organize the first synagogue in Virginia, Beth Shalome. Cohen died early October 1823. Having no children of his own, he left his estate to his 5 nephews who lived in Baltimore, Maryland. Two of his nephews were Jacob I. Cohen, Jr. (1789-1869), and Joshua I. Cohen (1801-1870). Jacob I. Cohen, Jr., opened a bank, helped organize the Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore Railroad, and was president of the Baltimore Fire Insurance Company. He served on the Baltimore city council. Joshua I. Cohen graduated from the medical school of the University of Maryland in 1823. He was treasurer of the medical and chirurgical faculty at Maryland from 1839 to 1856, and served as its president from 1857 to 1858. He was a professor of geology and mineralogy at the university. He, like his brother, also served on the Baltimore city council.
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Location of originals duplicates
Originals are located at the American Jewish Historical Society, New York, New York.
Cohen family papers
  • Items located in oversize, box 7
  • The Library of Virginia
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American Jewish Historical Society
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Photostats (negative).
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Permission to copy or quote must be obtained from the American Jewish Historical Society.
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