Sam Cohen (Australian politician)

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Sam Cohen
Senator for Victoria
In office
1 July 1962 – 7 October 1969
Succeeded by Bill Brown
Personal details
Born (1918-10-26)26 October 1918
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 7 October 1969(1969-10-07) (aged 50)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Barrister

Samuel Herbert "Sam" Cohen (26 October 1918 – 7 October 1969) was an Australian politician, and was the first Jewish person to ever be elected to the Australian Senate. [1]

He was born in Sydney, he was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne and then the University of Melbourne. He was active in left-wing student politics, and as President of the Melbourne University Students' Representative Council was a founding member of the executive committee of the National Union of Australian University Students.[2]

He served in the military from 1942 to 1943 and became a barrister in 1946. In 1961, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Labor Senator for Victoria. He held the seat until his death in 1969; Bill Brown was appointed to replace him.[3]


  1. ^ "Cohen, Samuel Herbert", in The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, Volume 3, Ann Millar, ed., (University of New South Wales Press, 2010) p64
  2. ^ Phillips, Julian (1993). "Australian Dictionary of Biography". Cohen, Samuel Herbert (Sam) (1918–1969). Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-11-12.