Rosenthal, Benjamin S. (Benjamin Stanley), 1923-1983

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Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal (June 8, 1923 – January 4, 1983) was an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he notably served as the U.S. Representative from New York's 6th (1962-1963), 8th (1963-1983) and 7th (1983) congressional districts.

Born in New York City, he attended the public schools there before going on to Long Island University and City College of New York. Rosenthal served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946 and thereafter earned an LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1949 and commenced practice in New York City. In 1954, he was admitted to the Supreme Court bar. Rosenthal was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh United States Congress, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Lester Holtzman. Taking office on February 20, 1962, he was re-elected that fall, and then again to ten succeeding Congresses. Though elected as a "regular" or machine Democrat, Rosenthal compiled a liberal record in Congress, opposing the Vietnam War early on and working on consumer protection issues.

Re-elected in 1982, Rosenthal died in Washington, D.C. just one day after the 98th United States Congress met for the first time. He is buried in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, New York.

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referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Treasury. 1775 - 2005. Working Papers Related to Congressman Benjamin S. Rosenthal's Requests for Documents National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Rosenthal, Benjamin S. Reminiscences of Benjamin S. Rosenthal : oral history, 1975. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Shapiro, Irving S., 1916-2001. Irving S. Shapiro papers, 1964-1981 Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn New Democratic Coalition of New York. Records, 1960-1978. Rutgers University
creatorOf Rosenthal, Benjamin S. Government by lobby. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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alumnusOrAlumnaOf Brooklyn Law School corporateBody
almaMaterOf City University of New York. City College corporateBody
associatedWith Goldstein, Judith, person
almaMaterOf Long Island University corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf New York university. School of law corporateBody
associatedWith Shapiro, Irving S. person
memberOf United States. Congress. House person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York City NY US
District of Columbia DC US
Representatives, U.S. Congress


Birth 1923-06-08

Death 1983-01-04






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