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Mendes I. Cohen itinerary

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0189

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of bound hand-written manuscript titled, "Diary of Six Years' Travels in Europe, Egypt, Nubia, Arabia, and the Holy Land from 1829 to 1835."


  • Creation: 1829 - 1835


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Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Colonel Mendes I. Cohen (1796-1879) was born in Richmond, Virginia, and moved to Baltimore in 1808. At the age of eighteen he served at Fort McHenry during its bombardment during the War of 1812. After the war he entered into the banking business with his brothers and conducted business at the New York Branch of J.I. Cohen, Jr. and Brothers. He retired from business in 1829 and made an extensive international tour (1829 1835) through Great Britain, Europe, Anatolia, and the Middle East. While in Egypt, Cohen travelled up to the second cataract of the Nile and was the first American to bear the American flag up the Nile after the ratification of the Treaty with Turkey.

Mendes I. Cohen was a member of the Maryland Historical Society, Vice-President of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, Director of the Fireman's Insurance Company, and Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. He was a member of the Maryland Legislature 1847-1848.


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Mendes I. Cohen (1796-1879) was a Jewish Baltimore-based veteran of the War of 1812, banker, world traveler, and a member of the Maryland Legislature. This collection consists of a bound hand-written manuscript titled, "Diary of Six Years' Travels in Europe, Egypt, Nubia, Arabia, and the Holy Land from 1829 to 1835."

Related Materials

There are related materials for the Cohen family located at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland.


Biographical information adapted from the Maryland Historical Society, accessed May 2016 (

Processing Information

Processed in May 1986 by Cynthia H. Requardt.

Rachel Gattermeyer revised the Abstract and Biographical/Historical notes in this finding aid in February 2024 to bring it into compliance with Johns Hopkins guidelines for inclusive and conscientious description (2023). The previous version of the finding aid is available upon request.

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