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Judge Josiah Cohen Died a Poor Man

June 22, 1930
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Although he had made continual contributions to charities throughout his life, the will of Judge Josiah Cohen, dean of Pennsylvania judiciary, offered for probate today, revealed that the jurist died practically a poor man.

An estate, valued at $5,000 by officials in the office of the Register of Wills, was left to his wife, Carrie Cohen, in the will of Common Pleas Court Judge Cohen, who died in his ninetieth year, June 11. Mrs. Cohen is named sole executrix.

Judge Cohen was known throughout Pennsylvania for his support of various charitable institutions. With Mrs. Cohen he contributed $20,000 last month to the Allied Jewish Campaign. The jurist had been judge in the Common Pleas Court of Allegheny county for 30 years. He was the first Jewish attorney and later the first Jewish judge in the county.

The will made by Judge Cohen, it was revealed today, was very brief in text. Mrs. Cohen, it is reported, has an independent income.

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