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  Melville E. Abrams (1912-1966) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., February 14, 1912. Democrat. Lawyer; secretary to U.S. Rep. Isidore Dollinger; member of New York state assembly, 1955-66 (Bronx County 5th District 1955-65, 90th District 1966); died in office 1966. Jewish. Member, Elks; Knights of Pythias; American Jewish Congress; Lions; B'nai B'rith; Zionist Organization of America; Urban League; NAACP. Died, from a heart attack, in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., October 10, 1966 (age 54 years, 238 days). Interment at Beth El Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Ann Soffrin.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Abrams (b. 1938) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., July 4, 1938. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly, 1966-69 (89th District 1966, 81st District 1967-69); borough president of Bronx, New York, 1970-78; resigned 1978; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984; New York state attorney general, 1979-93; Presidential Elector for New York, 1988; candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1992. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith; American Jewish Congress; Zionist Organization of America; Knights of Pythias; Phi Sigma Delta; NAACP; Americans for Democratic Action. Still living as of 2000.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Abrams and Dorothy (Kaplan) Abrams.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Sidney H. Asch (b. 1919) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., 1919. Democrat. Lawyer; law professor; member of New York state assembly from Bronx County 2nd District, 1953-61; resigned 1961; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960. Jewish. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; American Arbitration Association; Zionist Organization of America. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Abraham Bernstein (1918-1990) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 1, 1918. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of New York state senate, 1961-90 (28th District 1961-65, 36th District 1966, 32nd District 1967-90); died in office 1990. Jewish. Member, American Jewish Congress; Zionist Organization of America; B'nai B'rith. One leg was amputated in 1977 due to phlebitis. Died, following a heart attack, in Albert Einstein Medical Center, Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., March 4, 1990 (age 71 years, 307 days). Interment at New Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin, N.J.
  Relatives: Married to Ruth Schub and Gretchen Diamond.
  Herman Bernstein (1876-1935) — Born in Russia, September 21, 1876. Author; translator; journalist; founder and editor of The Day, Jewish daily newspaper; published the "Willy-Nicky Correspondence," secret telegrams between the Kaiser and the Czar, 1918; sued Henry Ford for libel over anti-Semitic statements published in the Dearborn Independent newspaper, and won a retraction; author of book The History of a Lie (1921) which exposed "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" as fraudulent; U.S. Minister to Albania, 1930-33. Jewish. Member, American Jewish Committee; Zionist Organization of America. Died in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., August 31, 1935 (age 58 years, 344 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Bernstein and Marie (Elsohn) Bernstein; married, December 31, 1901, to Sophie Friedman.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Samuel Bonom (1912-1962) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., March 7, 1912. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1956-62; died in office 1962. Jewish. Member, Federal Bar Association; B'nai B'rith; Zionist Organization of America. Died December 13, 1962 (age 50 years, 281 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of David Bonom (born 1887) and Lena (Jackel) Bonom (1887-1974); married to Clarice Juliet Goldberg (1910-1998).
  Bernard S. Deutsch (b. 1884) — of Riverdale, Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Maryland, 1884. Democrat. Lawyer; Independent candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1932. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; American Jewish Congress; Zionist Organization of America. Burial location unknown.
  Eliot Lanze Engel (b. 1947) — also known as Eliot L. Engel — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., February 18, 1947. Democrat. School teacher; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 (alternate), 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of New York state assembly 81st District, 1977-88; U.S. Representative from New York, 1989-2003 (19th District 1989-93, 17th District 1993-2003). Jewish. Member, Pi Lambda Phi; American Federation of Teachers; Americans for Democratic Action; Zionist Organization of America; Knights of Pythias. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
Julius J. Gans Julius J. Gans (1896-1973) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 21, 1896. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly, 1936-37, 1939-54 (Bronx County 5th District 1936-37, 1939-44, Bronx County 6th District 1945-54); defeated, 1937; civil court judge in New York, 1961-67. Jewish. Member, Elks; Freemasons; Zionist Organization of America; B'nai B'rith. Died, in Doctors Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., April 24, 1973 (age 77 years, 93 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Nathan Gans and Ida (Lowenthal) Gans; married to Sylvia (Kugel) Tisch.
  Image source: New York Red Book 1936
  Jacob H. Gilbert (1920-1981) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., June 17, 1920. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Bronx County 4th District, 1951-54; member of New York state senate 27th District, 1955-60; U.S. Representative from New York, 1960-71 (23rd District 1960-63, 22nd District 1963-71); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith; Zionist Organization of America; American Jewish Congress; Lions; Elks; Knights of Pythias. Died in Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y., February 27, 1981 (age 60 years, 255 days). Interment at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens, N.Y.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Nathaniel Lawrence Goldstein (1896-1981) — also known as Nathaniel L. Goldstein — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 9, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; law partner of Charles C. Lockwood during the 1920s; accountant; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1940, 1944, 1948; New York state attorney general, 1943-54. Jewish. Member, American Legion; American Bar Association; Alpha Epsilon Pi; American Jewish Committee; Freemasons; Elks; Zionist Organization of America; B'nai B'rith. Died, from a heart attack, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 24, 1981 (age 84 years, 288 days). Interment at Mt. Ararat Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y.
  Relatives: Married to Etta May Brown.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Philip Halpern (1902-1963) — of Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Born in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., November 12, 1902. Republican. Lawyer; law professor; delegate to New York state constitutional convention 48th District, 1938; Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1948-63; died in office 1963; Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, 1952-63 (3rd Department 1952-57, 4th Department 1958-63); died in office 1963. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; Zionist Organization of America; Knights of Pythias; Sigma Alpha Mu; B'nai B'rith. Died in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., August 25, 1963 (age 60 years, 286 days). Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Samuel M. Halpern and Rebecca L. (Yatzkan) Halpern; married, September 2, 1928, to Goldene Friedman (1903-1996).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Gustave Hartman Gustave Hartman (1880-1936) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Hungary, August 12, 1880. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 16th District, 1905-06; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1908; municipal judge in New York, 1913-17, 1921-29; candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1923, 1924, 1929; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932. Jewish. Member, American Jewish Congress; B'nai B'rith; Zionist Organization of America; American Arbitration Association; Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Woodmen. Founder and president, Israel Orphan Asylum, New York City. Died, of a heart ailment, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., November 12, 1936 (age 56 years, 92 days). Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens, N.Y.; memorial monument at Hartman Triangle, Manhattan, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Kalman Hartman and Sarah 'Sallie' (Luchs) Hartman; married, September 9, 1928, to May Weisser (1899-1997).
  Epitaph: "Beloved husband, devoted brother, a life of service."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: New York Times, November 13, 1936
  Moses Hartmann (b. 1872) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in St. Louis, Mo., November 26, 1872. Republican. Lawyer; circuit judge in Missouri 8th Circuit, 1919-37. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; B'nai B'rith; Zionist Organization of America; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ignatz Hartmann and Anna (Kohn) Hartmann; married, November 16, 1898, to Carrie A. Schooler.
  Nathaniel T. Helman (b. 1905) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., February 10, 1905. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state senate, 1950-60 (26th District 1950-54, 28th District 1955-60); delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956, 1960 (alternate); Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1968. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith; Zionist Organization of America. Burial location unknown.
  Ivan Itkin (b. 1936) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., March 29, 1936. Democrat. Nuclear engineer; member of Pennsylvania state house of representatives 23rd District, 1973-81; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1984, 1996; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1992, 1996; candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1998. Jewish. Member, Zionist Organization of America. Still living as of 1998.
  Relatives: Son of Abraham Aaron Itkin and Eda (Kreger) Itkin; married, July 12, 1975, to Joyce Lee Hudak.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Julian William Mack (1866-1943) — also known as Julian W. Mack — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in San Francisco, Calif., July 19, 1866. Democrat. Lawyer; law professor; circuit judge in Illinois, 1904-05; Judge, Illinois Appellate Court, 1905-11; Judge of U.S. Commerce Court, 1911-13; Judge of U.S. Circuit Court for the 7th Circuit, 1911; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 1911-29; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 1929-30; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1929-40; took senior status 1940; senior judge, 1940-43. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; Zionist Organization of America; American Jewish Congress; American Jewish Committee. Died, in his room at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 5, 1943 (age 77 years, 48 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Jacob Mack and Rebecca (Tandler) Mack; married, March 9, 1896, to Jessie Fox (died 1938); married 1940 to Cecile B. Blumgart.
  Cross-reference: Murray Gurfein
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article
  Seymour Posner (b. 1925) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., May 21, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; school teacher; social worker; member of New York state assembly, 1965-75 (Bronx County 2nd District 1965, 85th District 1966, 76th District 1967-75). Jewish. Member, Disabled American Veterans; Jewish War Veterans; American Jewish Congress; Zionist Organization of America; NAACP; Americans for Democratic Action; AFSCME. Still living as of 1975.
  William Rosenblatt — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state senate 16th District, 1945-70. Jewish. Member, B'nai B'rith; Knights of Pythias; Zionist Organization of America. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Harold Shapiro (1906-1981) — of Miami Beach, Dade County (now Miami-Dade County), Fla. Born in Pereyaslov, Russia, May 1, 1906. Naturalized U.S. citizen; lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; mayor of Miami Beach, Fla., 1953-55. Jewish. Member, American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; American Legion; Jewish War Veterans; Zionist Organization of America; Alpha Epsilon Pi; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Moose; B'nai B'rith. Died in May, 1981 (age about 74 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Max Shapiro and Fannie (Bernstein) Shapiro; married, June 14, 1953, to Sylvia Simha Chinio.
  Abba Hillel Silver (1893-1963) — also known as Abraham Silver — of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Born in Nayshtot-Shaki, Suwalki, Russian Empire (now Kudirkos Naumiestis, Lithuania), January 28, 1893. Republican. Rabbi, The Temple (Tifereth Israel), Cleveland, Ohio, 1917-63; offered prayer, Republican National Convention, 1952, 1960. Jewish. Member, Zionist Organization of America. Died, from a heart attack, in a hospital at Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, November 28, 1963 (age 70 years, 304 days). Interment at Mayfield Cemetery, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of Moses Silver and Diana (Seamon) Silver; married, January 2, 1923, to Virginia Horkheimer (1895-1984).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Herbert I. Sorin (b. 1900) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., August 1, 1900. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state senate 10th District, 1949-59. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Federal Bar Association; American Legion; Zionist Organization of America; B'nai B'rith. Burial location unknown.
  Ben Werbel (b. 1898) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Poland, November 23, 1898. Democrat. Advertising business; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 24th District, 1949-54. Jewish. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Zionist Organization of America; B'nai B'rith. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Mollie Katz.
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