This Day in Jewish History A Brilliant but Slovenly Bachelor Who Drafted the New Deal Dies

Whatever his flaws, Benjamin Cohen wrote brilliant legislation and also forged diplomatic relations between Washington and Israel.

On August 15, 1983, Benjamin V. Cohen, the lawyer who played a key role in the drafting of much of the New Deal’s most important legislation, and who went on to be involved in the establishment of the United Nations and of diplomatic relations between the United States and Israel, died, at the age of 88.