Cohen family of Baltimore and Richmond papers
Scope and Content Note
Contains primarily the correspondence and some business and official papers of the Cohen Family of Baltimore and Richmond. Papers center on the following members of the family: Jacob I. Cohen (1784-1822), including two receipts of the same date to the firm of Cohen & Isaacs to Mrs. Edmund Randolph, on the reverse of which is a notation in Yiddish (1787), a promissory note of the firm of Cohen & Isaacs of Richmond (1792), orders for merchandise signed by Carter Braxton (1794) and (Edmund?) Randolph (1801) and a letter of appointment for the office of Inspector of the Penitentiary signed by James Monroe, Governor of Virginia.
Also includes Jacob I. Cohen, Jr. (1825-1850), including a patent signed by John Quincy Adams and James Monroe (1825), an acknowledgement of a lottery ticket purchase containing a printed description of the various lotteries for which Jacob I. Cohen, Jr. and Brothers sold tickets (1826), the reputedly last extant letter of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1832) and several letters relating to his position as Commissioner of Public Schools for the City of Baltimore (1834, 1837); Mendes I. Cohen (1829-1874), including letters from Mordecai Manuel Noah (1837, 1845), David Salomons of London, John Wesley Davis (1845), and Benjamin F. Hallett (1848); Benjamin I. Cohen (1831-1842), including 2 letters appointing him Judge of Elections in Baltimore (1840, 1842); and Joshua I. Cohen (1823-1870), including letters from David Hoffman, John Pandleton Kennedy (1847 and n.d.), Isaac Leeserm Gustavus A. Myers of Richmond, Va. describing a visit to the home of Chief Justice Marshall (1836), William Ogden Niles, enclosing notes of his father Hezekiah Niles, Mordecai Manuel Noah and Rabbi Abraham Rice and correspondence relating to his scientific and historical interests.
- undated, 1779-1897
- Cohen family (Family)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English, with some Yiddish.
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2 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box + 3 oversized folders)
Contains primarily correspondence and some business and official papers of the Cohen Family of Baltimore and Richmond. Papers center around the following members of the family: Jacob I. Cohen (1784-1822), the firm of Cohen & Isaacs of Richmond, Mrs. Edmund Randolph, Carter Braxton (1794), and James Monroe, Governor of Virginia.
Located in AJHS New York, NY.
Gifts of George Alexander Kohut and the Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Foundation.
In 2017, seven folders from this collection (Box 1, Folders 1-3, 5-6, and 17; Box OSF1, Folder 2) were digitized and made available in their entirety as part of the Digitization-on-Demand program.
- Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
- Baltimore (Md.)
- Baltimore (Md.)
- Banks and banking -- United States
- Braxton, Carter, 1736-1797
- Carroll, Charles, 1737-1832
- Civil rights
- Cohen, Benjamin I., 1797-1845
- Cohen, Jacob I., 1789-1869
- Cohen, Jacob I., approximately 1744-1823
- Cohen, Joshua I., 1801-1870
- Cohen, Mendes I., 1796-1879
- Davis, John Wesley, 1799-1859
- Hallett, Benjamin Franklin, 1797-1862
- Hoffman, David, 1784-1854
- Jewish statesmen
- Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870
- Leeser, Isaac
- Marshall, John, 1755-1835
- Monroe, James, 1758-1831
- Myers, Gustavus Adolphus, 1801-1869
- Niles, Hezekiah, 1777-1839
- Noah, M. M. (Mordecai Manuel), 1785-1851
- Randolph, Edmund, 1753-1813
- Randolph, Elizabeth Nichols, -1810
- Rice, Abraham Joseph
- Richmond (Va.)
- Salomons, David, Sir, 1797-1873
- Guide to the Cohen family of Baltimore and Richmond papers, undated, 1779-1897 P-3
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