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Title Additional Notes on the Jews in Texas
Author Cohen, Henry (1863-1952)
Date c.1894
Document Type Personal Account
Reference 3M326, Box 1
Library / Archive Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Collection Name Cohen (Henry) Papers, 1850, 1881-1951
Description A paper written by Henry Cohen as "a continuation of my 'Settlement of Jews in Texas' submitted to the American Jewish Historical Society". It describes the early businesses, his formation of the De Cordova Land Agency and the emigration of Jacob de Cordova and various other Jewish pioneers of Galveston, Texas. There is also a list of "Texas Israelites, Natives or Settlers, who fought in the Civil War, 1861-1865".
Series Description Papers concern Cohen's career and those of members of his family; his social welfare activities, especially in the fields of prison reform, hospitals, schools and immigration.
Biographical Note / History Henry Cohen was born April 7, 1863 in London England. In 1884 he was ordained a rabbi and led congregations in Kingston, Jamaica (1884-1885) and Woodville, Mississippi (1885-1888) before transferring to Galveston, Texas where he led the Temple B'nai Israel from 1888 to 1949. Cohen was influential in religious and social welfare activities in Texas; he was especially well-known for his work on hospitals, schools and immigration issues. A noted prison reformer, Cohen served on the Texas Prison Board. An authority on the Talmud, Cohen published a number of essays. He married Mollie Levy of Galveston and the couple had two children.
Theme(s) Politics, Legislation and Governance; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
Country (from) Holland; Czech Republic; France
Country (to) United States of America
Places Galveston, Brownsville, Waco, McLennan County, Galveston County, Bosque County, Bazoria County, Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio, New Orleans, Louisiana, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, United States; Spanish Town, Kingston, Jamaica; London, England; Amsterdam, Holland; Frebitsch, Moravia, Czech Republic; Lyon, Paris, France
Nationality American; Jewish
People Cohen, Henry (1863-1952); de Cordova, Jacob; Suart, Hamilton; Kopperl, Moritz; Wolff, Arthur S
Keywords emigrant, Jewish, commerce, trade, societies, history, Battle of San Jacinto, conflict, cargo, merchandise, citizenship, Texas Revolution, business, climate, health and sickness, land, law, travel, employment, debt, war, women, death, marriage, religion, politics, church, Christianity, Protestantism, cotton, plantation, manufacturing, languages, wages, newspaper, finance, land grant, railroad, tax, marriage, health and sickness, women, Benevolent Society, family records, American Civil War, quarantine, prison, navy, Synagogue, cultural identity, injury, pull factors
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin catalogue.
Language English
Copyright Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin