Asher D. Cohen papers
Most letters (1882-1909) are dated June and July 1889 and deal with Cohen's successful defense of Thomas Ballard McDow, who shot and killed Francis Warrington Dawson during an altercation in McDow's Charleston home. Most are congratulatory letters from writers such as R.N. Goldsmith, Charleston Mayor William A. Courtenay, E. Dreyfous of the New York City Police Department, M.R. Samuels (who comments on Francis Warrington Dawson) and Robert Chisolm (who notes the "divine right of self protection.") Relating to the trial as well is a note from T. Nichle Nichols, on the retired list of the British Museum, about some evidence Cohen may not know of and notes (apparently Cohen's) to be used in his speech regarding the trajectory of the bullet that killed Dawson. Other materials include one letter (ca. 1901, written on stationery of the Women's Department, South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition) re CSA service of Asher D. Cohen, McDuff Cohen, and David D. Cohen; some biographical letters and photocopied clippings.
- Cohen, Asher D., 1838-1904 (Person)
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Born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1838, Asher D. Cohen became an attorney, served in the calvary and on Sullivan's Island during the Civil War and was later a prominent member of the Charleston Bar. He achieved distinction for his successful defense of Thomas Ballard McDow in the murder of Francis Warrington Dawson, editor of the News and Courier.
1 folder (16 items) ; 11-36 cm.
Separated from Mss 1029, Thomas J. Tobias papers.
- Cohen, Asher D., 1838-1904
- Cohen, David D., 1832-1890
- Cohen, McDuff, 1840-1909
- Courtenay, William Ashmead, 1831-1908
- Criminal investigation -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History
- Dawson, Francis Warrington, 1840-1889
- Dawson, Francis Warrington, 1840-1889 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
- Jewish lawyers -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History
- McDow, Thomas B.
- South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition (1901-1902 : Charleston, S.C.)
- Trials (Murder) -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History
- clippings (information artifacts)
- letters (correspondence)
- Inventory of the Asher D. Cohen Papers, 1882-1909
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