Louis Marshall was an American corporate, constitutional and civil rights lawyer as well as a mediator and Jewish community leader who worked to secure religious, political, and cultural freedom for all minority groups. Among the founders of the American Jewish Committee, he defended Jewish and minority rights and, though not a Zionist, he supported the Balfour Declaration. He was also a conservationist, and the force behind re-establishing the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, which evolved into today’s State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
|Born:||Dec 14, 1856, Syracuse, New York, United States|
|Died:||Sept 11, 1929, Zurich, Switzerland|
|Education:||Columbia Law School|
|Children:||James Marshall, Ruth Marshall, Bob Marshall, George Marshall|
|Parent(s):||Jacob Marshall, Zilli Strauss|
About Louis Marshall
Notable as a founding member of the American Jewish Committee and a director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this civil rights attorney and activist is also remembered for representing convicted murderer Leo Frank in a United States Supreme Court appeal.
After apprenticing with attorney Nathaniel B. Smith, he studied briefly at Columbia University and began working for a Syracuse-based law firm.
A conservationist as well as an attorney and human rights advocate, Marshall helped establish the New York State College of Forestry.
The child of German-Jewish immigrants, he grew up in Syracuse, New York. His marriage to Florence Lowenstein resulted in children named James, Ruth, Bob, and George.
His son, Bob Marshall, had a prominent career as a conservationist and author.
Information related to Louis Marshall
- People v. the Brooklyn Cooperage Company – People v. the Brooklyn Cooperage Company was a key early conservation legal battle concerning forestry and logging practices in the Adirondack Park. The case involved the State of New York, Cornell University, constitutional lawyer Louis Marshall, and others in the first decade of the 20th century.
- American Jewish Committee
- State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
- Burials at Salem Fields Cemetery, Brooklyn
- Jewish Theological Seminary of America people
- Syracuse University trustees
- New York State College of Forestry
- American Reform Jews
- American religious leaders
- American conservationists
- American lobbyists
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