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Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal
Benjamin S. Rosenthal, Congressman from New York
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
February 20, 1962 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by Lester Holtzman
Succeeded by Seymour Halpern
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Victor L. Anfuso
Succeeded by James H. Scheuer
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 4, 1983
Preceded by Joseph P. Addabbo
Succeeded by Gary Ackerman
Personal details
Born (1923-06-08)June 8, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died January 4, 1983(1983-01-04) (aged 59)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting place Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater New 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.

Benjamin S. Rosenthal's Papers are held at Queens College's Benjamin Rosenthal Library, Department of Special Collections and Archives.


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; his gravestone reads: "Beloved husband, father and son."


  1. B at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 17, 2013
  2. Mad, October 1962, p. 5
  3. "Benjamin Rosenthal, Congressman from Queens for 2 Decades, Dies". New York Times. January 5, 1983. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lester Holtzman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Seymour Halpern
Preceded by
Victor L. Anfuso
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
James H. Scheuer
Preceded by
Joseph P. Addabbo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Gary Ackerman

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