Henry Moskowitz (activist)

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Henry Moskowitz
Moskowitz on June 28, 1933
Born(1880-09-27)September 27, 1880
DiedDecember 18, 1936(1936-12-18) (aged 56)
EducationUniversity of Erlangen 1906 Ph.D.

Henry Moskowitz (September 27, 1880 – December 18, 1936) was a civil rights activist, and one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.[1]


He was born on September 27, 1880 in Huși, Romania. He was Jewish. He migrated to the United States in 1883. He attended the New York City public schools and then graduated from the City College of New York in 1899. In 1906 he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Erlangen in Germany.

In 1914, he married Belle Lindner Israels (1877–1933). In 1914, New York City mayor John Purroy Mitchel appointed him president of the Municipal Civil Service Commission. In 1917 he served as the Commissioner of Public Markets in New York City. He was the founding Executive Director of the League of New York Theatres which eventually became The Broadway League, the organization known for producing the Tony Awards [2]

He died on December 18, 1936 in Manhattan, New York City.[1]


  • Up from the City Streets: Alfred E. Smith (1927)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Henry Moskowitz Dies". New York Times. December 18, 1936. Retrieved November 14, 2011. Leader in Settlements Here and in Many Political and Labor Movements, Former Aide of Smith. Formerly Markets Commissioner and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission
  2. ^ Pesner, Ben (November 2009). "Broadway League History" (pdf). The Broadway League. Retrieved August 22, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Elisabeth Israels Perry, Belle Moskowitz: Feminine Politics and the Exercise of Power in the Age of Alfred E. Smith. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987; Routledge, 1992; Northeastern, 2000.