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Cohen, Harold Leopold (1873–1936)

Harold Cohen was associated with Lewis department store in Liverpool for 45 years, becoming the first chairman when Lewis's became a public company.

He made a gift of £100,000 to the University of Liverpool for the building of a new library in Ashton Street, to replace the old Tate Library. This was the largest benefaction that the university had received.

Cohen died on the day he was due to lay the foundation stone. The Harold Cohen Library was formally opened by former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin  in May 1938.

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'Cohen, Harold Leopold (1873–1936)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 November 2020.

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Life Summary [details]


23 July 1873
Liverpool, Merseyside, England


27 July 1936
Neston, Cheshire, England

Cause of Death

heart disease

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