Biography of Abraham E. Bernsteen
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ABRAHAM E. BERNSTEEN. The solid achievement credited to his career as a practicing attorney at Cleveland through a period of over twenty years were accorded special recognition in a public way when Mr. Bernsteen in 1923 was called to the office of United States District Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio by President Harding

Mr. Bemsteen was born in Cleveland, February 3, 1878, third among the eight children of Morris and Henrietta (Meyers) Bernsteen. His parents were natives of Germany, where his father was born April 20, 1846, and his mother April 10, 1848. They came to America and settled in Cleveland nearly fifty years ago, and until he retired some ten or twelve years before his death Harris Bernsteen was engaged in business as a manufacturer. He was a prosperous business man and one of the highly esteerned citizens of Cleveland. He died in this city May 18, 1921, and is survived by his widow.

Abraham E. Bernsteen acquired a liberal education by consecutive attendance in school and college, beginning in the Mayflower Grammar School, and then in the Central High School where he graduated in 1894. He received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Adelbert College in 1898, and then entered the law school of Western Reserve University, graduating Bachelor of Laws in 1900. He was admitted to the Ohio bar and took up active practice at Cleveland in 1900, and in a few years had a dientage that placed him among the rising young individual lawyers of the city. When his brother M. L. Bernsteen graduated in 1906 he became junior member of the law firm of Bernsteen & Bernsteen. This firm has since handled a large general practice. President Harding appointed Mr. Bernsteen United States District attorney on March 3, 1923.

This has been his first important political office. In earlier years he was well satisfied to concentrate his time and energies upon his law practice. However he has served on several local committees of the republican party. Mr. Bernsteen belongs to Forest City Lodge, is a thirty second degree Scottish Rite Mason, Grotto Chapter, a member of the Knights of Pythias, and belongs to the Cleveland and Ohio Bar Association, the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and the Tippecanoe, Western Reserve and City clubs.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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