Seward, William H. (William Henry), 1801-1872
- Existence: 1801 - 1872
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
The Records of the Board of Delegates of American Israelites (1859-1878) documents the life cycle of the Board of Delegates, a Jewish civil rights organization located in New York City. The Board served in a two-fold function: acting as a central organization for American Jews and working on behalf of Jews abroad. To the latter end, the Delegates collaborated with the Committee of Deputies of British Jews and the French Alliance Israélite Universelle to provide for the relief and aid, civil, and religious rights of Jews throughout the Americas, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, particularly Romania, Ottoman Palestine including Jerusalem, and Morocco.
In the U.S., the Delegates were partially responsible for the appointment of the first Jewish Military Chaplain and surveyed member synagogues concerning the history and size of their congregation, the first organization to systematically record this type of information in the States. The Delegates merged with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) in 1878 and dissolved in 1925. Correspondents include Adolph Crémieux, Sir Moses Montefiore, Benjamin Franklin Peixotto, Isaacs S. Myer, the Rev. Dr. Arnold Fischel, and Maj. General Benjamin Butler. Documents include correspondence, minutes, committee reports, memorials, announcements, surveys, some printed material including clippings, and a 1932 Rabbinical thesis on the Delegates by Allan Tarshish.
Contains invoice for items imported by Henry Cohen from England; letter of recommendation for Solomon L. Cohen by William Henry Seward; power of attorney given by Barnet Solomon Cohen to Morris Tobias Levitt, and Levitt's transfer of the power of attorney to Henry Cohen, brother of Barnet Cohen; and Charles Joseph Cohen's collection of pressed flowers from Europe.
Contains material relating to Solomon A. Cohen in particular, and the Cohen family in general. The former consists of the Confederate passport of Solomon A. Cohen (1863); a letter from James Sloan to Gov. Zebulon B. Vance (1863); a letter of introduction of S.A. Cohen to George Eustis, Secretary of Legation of the Confederate Embassy in Paris (1864); three documents signed by William H. Seward, Secretary of State, and President Andrew Johnson granting Cohen an official pardon. The latter consists of the citizenship papers of Aaron N. Cohen (1841) and David Elias (1848); a letter from S. Elias Price (1913) contains a genealogy of the Cohen family. In addition, the collection contains Confederate Bonds and other personal items.