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Leonard Farbstein

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Leonard Farbstein
Leonard Farbstein.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byArthur G. Klein
Succeeded byBella Abzug
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 4th district
In office
January 1, 1933 – December 31, 1956
Preceded bySamuel Mandelbaum
Succeeded bySamuel A. Spiegel
Personal details
Born(1902-10-12)October 12, 1902
New York City
DiedNovember 9, 1993(1993-11-09) (aged 91)
New York City
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Blossom Langer
Alma materCity College of New York
New York University Law School
Hebrew Union Teachers College

Leonard Farbstein (October 12, 1902 – November 9, 1993) was an American politician from New York.

Early life and career

Farbstein was born on October 12, 1902, in New York City to Louis and Yetta (Schlanger) Farbstein. His father, Louis, was a Jewish immigrant from Russia-Poland and worked as a tailor.[1]

During Farbstein's childhood, he sold newspapers and handkerchiefs after school. In the World War I era, Farbstein as a teenager, served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.[1] At war's end, he graduated from High School of Commerce in New York and worked at Audobon Society during those years. He attended City College of New York and Hebrew Union Teachers College. He received an LL.B. from the New York University School of Law in 1924, and practiced law in New York City.[1]

Farbstein ran for the New York State Assembly and won his first election in 1932.[1] He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 4th D.) in 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939–40, 1941–42, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1953–54 and 1955–56.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th and 91st United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1957 to January 3, 1971. In 1966, Farbstein was a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.[1] He was an open supporter of Lyndon B. Johnson's policy on the Vietnam War.[2][3] In 1970, he was defeated for re-nomination by Bella Abzug.[4]

Farbstein died on November 9, 1993, aged 91, in New York City, and was interred in Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, New Jersey.[1]

Personal life

On September 18, 1947, Farbstein married Blossom Langer, and they had one son whom they named after Farbstein's father.[1]

Farbstein was an avid tennis player and golfer. He also enjoyed swimming as a form of exercise.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Stone, Kurt F. (2010). The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members. Scarecrow Press. p. 204. ISBN 9780810877382.
  2. ^ "Farbstein Wins On Viet Nam Issue". The Norwalk Hour. Associated Press. September 28, 1966. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Stone, Kurt F. (2010). The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0810877382. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Be A Bella Booster". The Village Voice. September 10, 1970. Retrieved February 2, 2014.

External links

New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Samuel Mandelbaum
New York State Assembly
New York County, 4th District

Succeeded by
Samuel A. Spiegel
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Arthur G. Klein
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bella Abzug
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