<%= render :partial => '/v9/shared/analytics'

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

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Roy Cohn.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Cohn.


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, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower signed an executive order on April 29, 1953, that banned 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, he was forced to resign from the company after losing a proxy fight. … Read More


1975 48 Years Old In this case in 1975, Cohn entered the hospital room of a dying and comatose Lewis Rosenstiel, the multi-millionaire founder of Schenley Industries, forced a pen to his hand and lifted it to the will in an attempt to make himself and Cathy Frank—Rosenstiel's granddaughter—beneficiaries. … 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.
Original Authors of this text are noted on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Cohn.
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.