Historic Plaque, Rabbi Henry Cohen (1863-1952) Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Historic Plaque, Rabbi Henry Cohen (1863-1952)

Creator

  • Photographer: Belden, Dreanna L.
    Creator Type: Personal

Date

  • Creation: 2005-10-29
  • Digitized: 2005-10-31

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: Photograph of a historic plaque in Galveston, Texas. It reads: "Rabbi Henry Cohen (1863-1952). 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 Galveston today. When Rabbi Cohen died, the Commissioners Court of Galveston County called him one of the country's greatest humanitarians and spiritual leaders. (1980)"
  • Physical Description: 1 photograph : col.

Subject

  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Architecture - Monuments
  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Architecture - Landmarks - Historic Markers
  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Places - United States - Texas - Galveston County - Galveston
  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Religion - Denominations - Jewish
  • Named Person: Cohen, Henry
  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Government and Law - Elected Officials - Governors
  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Immigration

Primary Source

  • Item is a Primary Source

Coverage

  • Place Name: United States - Texas - Galveston County - Galveston
  • Time Period: mod-tim
  • Coverage Date: 2005-10-29
  • Place Point: north=29.304769509943355; east=-94.79029099439697;

Collection

  • Name: Photographing Texas
    Code: TP

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT

Resource Type

  • Photograph

Format

  • Image

Identifier

  • Accession or Local Control No: dscn1669