COHEN, John Sanford, (1870 - 1935)

Senate Years of Service: 1932-1933
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

COHEN, John Sanford, a Senator from Georgia; born in Augusta, Ga., February 26, 1870; educated at private schools in Augusta, Richmond (Va.) Academy, and Shenandoah Valley Academy at Winchester, Va.; also attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1885 and 1886; became a newspaper reporter for the New York World in 1886; secretary to Secretary of the Interior Hoke Smith 1893-1896; member of the press galleries of Congress 1893-1897; during the Spanish-American War served as a war correspondent for the Atlanta Journal;, subsequently enlisted and served in the Third Georgia Volunteer Infantry, attaining the rank of major; member of the army of occupation in Cuba; president and editor of the Atlanta Journal 1917-1935; originator of the plan for the national highway from New York City to Jacksonville, Fla.; vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee 1932-1935; appointed on April 25, 1932, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William J. Harris and served from April 25, 1932, to January 11, 1933, when a successor was duly elected and qualified; was not a candidate in 1932 to fill the vacancy; continued in his former business activities until his death in Atlanta, Ga., May 13, 1935; interment in West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.


Dictionary of American Biography; Mellichamp, Josephine. “John Cohen.” In Senators From Georgia. pp. 240-44. Huntsville, Ala.: Strode Publishers, 1976.