Roy Cohn

Born Feb 20, 1927

Roy Marcus Cohn was an American attorney who became famous during Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity in the United States during the Second Red Scare. Cohn gained special prominence during the Army–McCarthy hearings. He was also an important member of the U.S. Department of Justice's prosecution team at the espionage trials of Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.… Read More

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1927 Birth Born on February 20, 1927.


1946 19 Years Old After attending Horace Mann School and the Fieldston School, and completing studies at Columbia College in 1946, Cohn graduated from Columbia Law School at the age of 20. … Read More


1951 24 Years Old Cohn played a prominent role in the 1951 espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. … Read More
1953 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Convinced that the employment of homosexuals was now a threat to national security, President Dwight Eisenhower signed an executive order on April 29, 1953 to ban homosexuals from obtaining jobs in the federal government.


1959 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Cohn was the grandnephew of Joshua Lionel Cowen, founder of the Lionel model train company. By 1959, Cowen and his son Lawrence had become involved in a family dispute over control of the company.
1963 36 Years Old In 1963, Cohn was forced to resign from the company after losing a proxy fight.


1971 44 Years Old In 1971, businessman Donald Trump moved to Manhattan, where he became involved in large construction projects.
1973 46 Years Old Trump came to public attention in 1973 when he was accused by the Justice Department of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the operation of 39 buildings. … Read More
Trump settled the charges out of court in 1975 without admitting guilt, saying he was satisfied that the agreement did not "compel the Trump organization to accept persons on welfare as tenants unless as qualified as any other tenant." … Read More
1976 49 Years Old …  He was interested in power and access.” Stone worked with Cohn beginning with the Reagan campaign during the Republican Party presidential primaries, 1976. … Read More


Cohn aided Roger Stone in Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1979–80. … Read More
1984 57 Years Old In 1984, Cohn was diagnosed with AIDS and attempted to keep his condition secret while receiving experimental drug treatment. … Read More
In 1986, a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court disbarred Cohn for unethical and unprofessional conduct, including misappropriation of clients' funds, lying on a bar application, and pressuring a client to amend his will.
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