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John Sanford Cohen (February 26, 1870 – May 13, 1935) was a United States Senator from Georgia.

John S. Cohen
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United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
April 25, 1932 – January 11, 1933
Preceded byWilliam J. Harris
Succeeded byRichard Russell Jr.
Personal details
John Sanford Cohen

(1870-02-26)February 26, 1870
Augusta, Georgia
DiedMay 13, 1935(1935-05-13) (aged 65)
Atlanta, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic

Life and careerEdit

Cohen was born in Augusta, Georgia, the son of Ellen Gobert (Wright) and Philip Lawrence Cohen.[citation needed] His father was from a long-established Jewish family. Cohen was raised in his mother's Episcopalian faith. He was educated at private schools in Augusta, the Richmond Academy, and Shenandoah Valley Academy at Winchester, Virginia. He attended the United States Naval Academy in 1885 and 1886, and became a newspaper reporter for the New York World in 1886. He was secretary to Secretary of the Interior Hoke Smith from 1893 to 1896, and was a member of the press galleries of the United States Congress from 1893 to 1897. During the Spanish–American War, he served as a war correspondent for the Atlanta Journal, and subsequently enlisted and served in the Third Georgia Volunteer Infantry, attaining the rank of major. He was a member of the army of occupation in Cuba, and was president and editor of the Atlanta Journal from 1917 to 1935. He originated the plan for the national highway from New York City to Jacksonville, Florida,[1] and was vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1932 to 1935.

Cohen was appointed on April 25, 1932 to the United States Senate as a Democrat to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William J. Harris and served from April 25, 1932 to January 11, 1933, when a successor was duly elected and qualified. He was not a candidate in 1932 to fill the vacancy, and continued his former business activities until his death in Atlanta. He was buried at Westview Cemetery, in Atlanta.

Further readingEdit

  • United States Congress. "John S. Cohen (id: C000597)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American War: A Political, Social, and Military History, Vol. I. By Spencer C. Tucker. p. 127
  • Jews in American Politics By Louis Sandy Maisel, Ira N. Forman, Donald Altschiller, Charles Walker Bassett. pp. 51, 52


  1. ^ Ingram, Tammy (2014). Dixie Highway : Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. p. 40. ISBN 9781469629827. Retrieved 1 November 2016.

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