Rabbi Henry Cohen

Rabbi Henry Cohen (HM288M)

Location: Galveston, TX Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 18.183', W 94° 47.405'

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Called the "First Citizen of Texas" by U. S. President Woodrow Wilson, Rabbi Henry Cohen, an internationally known humanitarian, was born in London, England.
He came to Galveston in 1888 as spiritual leader of congregation B'Nai Israel and served for 64 years until his death.

In 1889 he married Mollie Levy (1862-1951) and they had two children. After the disastrous storm of 1900, Texas Governor Joseph D. Sayers appointed Rabbi Cohen to head the Central Relief Committee. From 1907 until World War I he helped shiploads of immigrants become settled in cities around the country. During World War I he was instrumental in influencing Congress to provide Jewish naval chaplains. Appointed to the Texas Prison Board by Governor Dan Moody, Rabbi Cohen introduced measures for more humane treatment of prisoners. He assisted New York slum residents in moving south. He fought for social justice for persons of all races and creeds. He helped foster the spirit of brotherhood and interfaith goodwill existing in Galveston today.

When Rabbi Cohen died, the Commissioners Court of Galveston County called him one of this country's greatest humanitarians and spiritual leaders.
HM NumberHM288M
Year Placed1980
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 326142 N 3242891
Decimal Degrees29.30305000, -94.79008333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 18.183', W 94° 47.405'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 18' 10.98" N, 94° 47' 24.3" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Galveston TX , US
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