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|18th Mayor of Melbourne|
|Preceded by||Robert Bennett|
|Succeeded by||John Thomas Smith|
London, United Kingdom
|Died||13 April 1877
Edward Cohen (born London, 1822 - died 13 April 1877, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) was an Australian merchant and a Victoria State politician. He served as Mayor of Melbourne from 1862 to 1863.
Cohen was the son of Henry Cohen and Elizabeth Cohen (née Simmons). Cohen migrated from England to New South Wales in 1833. As a young man, he was employed by father in his firm H Cohen & Son. In 1842, Cohen moved to Melbourne and joined in a partnership with B. Francis in an auctioneering enterprise until 1853 where he went to Sydney and created a partnership with his brother and Alexander Fraser until 1864. In 1847, Cohen married Rebecca Benjamin and they had five sons and three daughters. In 1864, Cohen was a tea importer and merchant. Cohen was also director of various companies and was worked with Benjamin Benjamin (who was his brother in law), Chairman Colonial Bank.
In 1861, Cohen was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the seat of East Melbourne. He had run twice before, once in 1857 for the seat of Melbourne and again in 1859 for the seat of West Melbourne however he failed to win either election. Cohen then lost his seat in 1865 but regained it again in 1868. He held this post until he died in 1877. Cohen was also the Mayor of Melbourne from 1862 until 1863.
- Solomon, Geulah. "Cohen, Edward Aaron (1822–1877)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 11 April 2013..