Henry Kohn


Orangeburg, SC


Henry Kohn (1850-1926) was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina to Bavarian immigrants Philip David Kohn (1806-1876) and Dina Lichtenstein Kohn (1819-1868). In 1870, Kohn and his brother, Theodore (1840-1902), founded mercantile business Theodore Kohn & Brother, which they ran until 1877. The following year, Kohn began selling clothing, shoes, and dry goods under his own name. Besides being a merchant, Kohn was a founding member of Orangeburg’s Young America Fire Company. Kohn and his wife, Matilda Baum Kohn (1855-1938), organized the Orangeburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The couple directed the group of amateur musicians for about 50 years. Kohn was the oldest living native Orangeburgher at the time of his death.

Main Image: Henry Kohn advertisement. Reprinted from The Orangeburg Times, February 21, 1879.

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