Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal
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Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal

Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district

February 20, 1962 - January 3, 1963
Lester Holtzman
Seymour Halpern
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th district

January 3, 1963 - January 3, 1983
Victor L. Anfuso
James H. Scheuer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district

January 3, 1983 - January 4, 1983
Joseph P. Addabbo
Gary Ackerman
Personal details
Born(1923-06-08)June 8, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 4, 1983(1983-01-04) (aged 59)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Cause of deathCancer
Resting placeBeth David Cemetery, Elmont, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materNew York University

Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal (June 8, 1923 - January 4, 1983), was a Congressman from New York, serving from 1962 until his death from cancer in Washington, D.C. in 1983.

Born in New York City, Rosenthal attended public schools (including Stuyvesant High School), Long Island University, and City College. He served in the United States Army from 1943-46, and received his LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School (1949)[1] as well as an LL.M. from New York University, 1952. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1949 and commenced practice in New York City.

Rosenthal was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh United States Congress, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Lester Holtzman. Taking office on February 20, 1962, he was re-elected that fall, and then again to ten succeeding Congresses.

On May 17, 1962, Rosenthal read a statement into the Congressional Record praising the magazine Mad on its tenth anniversary.[2] (Rosenthal's district, NY-8, included the part of Manhattan where Mad's offices were.) "Mad Magazine...for the last 10 years has humorously pointed out the laughable foibles of business, labor, advertising, television, sports and entertainment - to say nothing of politics," Rosenthal said.

Death and legacy

Rosenthal was re-elected again in 1982, but died of cancer in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 1983, just one day after the 98th United States Congress met for the first time.[3] On March 1, Gary Ackerman was elected to the seat and held it through 2013.

Rosenthal is buried in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, New York.

The Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library at Queens College, City University of New York, is named in his honor.[4] Rosenthal's papers are held by the library's Department of Special Collections and Archives.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ United States Congress. "Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal (id: R000442)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Mad, October 1962, p. 5
  3. ^ "Benjamin Rosenthal, Congressman from Queens for 2 Decades, Dies". New York Times. January 5, 1983.
  4. ^ Bloomfield, Douglas (2007). "Benjamin S. Rosenthal." Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. Retrieved via Biography In Context database, May 4. 2018. Also available via
  5. ^ "Rosenthal, Benjamin Stanley, 1923-1983: Guide to Research Collections. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Benjamin Rosenthal Collection". Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York. Retrieved May 4, 2018.

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