Albert C. Cohn

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Albert C. Cohn
Born (1885-12-20)December 20, 1885
New York City
Died January 8, 1959(1959-01-08) (aged 73)
New York City
Employer New York State Supreme Court
Political party Democratic Party
Dora Marcus (1892-1967) (m. 1924)
Children Roy Cohn

Albert C. Cohn (December 20, 1885 [1] – January 8, 1959) was a New York State Supreme Court Justice and the father of Roy Cohn. He was influential in Democratic Party politics.[2]


He was born on December 20, 1885, and married Dora Marcus (1892–1967) in 1924 when he was the First Assistant District Attorney for Bronx County.[3][4] His son Roy Cohn was born in 1927.[5][6] Cohn was inducted as a justice of the New York Supreme Court into Part III of Bronx Supreme Court in April 1929.[7] A 1931 decision by Cohn stripped control of amateur boxing in New York from the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and placed it under control of the New York State Athletic Commission.[8] In April 1937, Governor Herbert H. Lehman promoted Cohn to a five-year term on the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, where his fellow Justices included Irwin Untermyer.[9]

He spearheaded a program to get his alma mater, New York Law School, accreditation by the American Bar Association starting in 1947, and the institution was accredited in 1954.[10] He died on January 8, 1959, in New York City.


  1. ^ World War I draft registration
  2. ^ Wolfe, Tom (April 3, 1988). "Dangerous Obsessions". The New York Times. His father, Albert Cohn, was a judge in the Bronx and a big makher, a very big deal, in the Bronx Democratic organization, which in turn, under the famous Edward J. Flynn, had a pivotal position in the national Democratic Party.
  3. ^ "Mrs. Albert C. Cohn Dies. Roy Cohn's Mother, 74". The New York Times. June 6, 1967. Retrieved 2008-04-04. Mrs. Dora Marcus Cohn, widow of Justice Albert C. Cohn of the State Supreme Court and mother of Roy M. Cohn, lawyer and industrialist, died last evening at her home, 1165 Park Avenue. She would have been 75 years old on Thursday.
  4. ^ "Albert Cohn Marries. First Assistant District Attorney Weds Miss ...". The New York Times. January 12, 1924. ... Dorothy Marcus ...
  5. ^ "Albert Cohn. A Former Justice. Practiced Law Here With Son Roy Since Retiring From Appellate Bench". The New York Times. January 9, 1959.
  6. ^ "Roy Cohn, Aide to McCarthy and Fiery Lawyer, Dies at 59". The New York Times. August 3, 1986. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  7. ^ "Justice Albert Cohn Takes Office", The New York Times, April 3, 1929. Accessed March 18, 2008.
  8. ^ "Control of Boxing by A.A.U. is Ended. Justice Cohn Decides Amateur Boxing Must Be Supervised by State Commission. Appeal of Ruling Planned. Dissolution of Many Clubs Is Seen If Decision Is Upheld by Higher Courts. Action Taken in Test Case. Recalls 1929 Opinion. Helps Other Sports. Stand Gives His Views.", The New York Times, August 13, 1931. Accessed March 18, 2008. "Control of amateur boxing in the State was taken yesterday from the Amateur Athletic Union and handed over to the State Athletic Commission under the terms of a decision announced in the Bronx by Supreme Court Justice Albert Cohn."
  9. ^ "Justice Albert Cohn Promoted", The New York Times, April 28, 1937. Accessed March 18, 2008. "Governor Lehman today designated Supreme Court Justice Albert Cohn of the First Judicial Department, as an associate justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, to succeed the late Justice John V. McAvoy."
  10. ^ "A History of New York Law School, Founded in 1891". New York Law School. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-03-17. In 1947, New York Law School reopened and began to rebuild. A major impetus came from graduates who formed a committee spearheaded by New York State Supreme Court Justice Albert Cohn. The new program was small, but the Law School made significant strides, and gained accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1954.