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Memorable Manitobans: Elisha Arakie Cohen (1877-1919)


Born at Rangoon, Burma on 22 May 1877, he graduated from Calcutta University with an MA degree. He was called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London. He practiced there until 1906 when he emigrated to Manitoba and joined the Winnipeg firm of Daly, Crichton and McClure, with which he remained until 1916 when he left to establish a private practice. He lectured on torts and contracts at the Manitoba Law School. In 1908 he married Ruth Jacobs and they had one son, Ralph. He was active in Winnipeg’s Jewish community, being one of the first patrons of the Menorah Society and giving several courses of lectures on Jewish history at the University of Manitoba. He was rector of the Hebrew Free School and vice-president of the B’nai B’rith. He died of influenza at his Winnipeg home on 9 March 1919 and was buried in the Winnipeg Jewish Cemetery.


“E. A. Cohen, local barrister, is dead,” newspaper clipping dated 11 March 1919. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2015

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