Samuel S. Cohon was born on 22 March 1888 in Lohi, Minsk, Russia. In his youth he was given a Jewish education in rabbinic texts and traditional learning. He immigrated to the United States in 1904. His studies in the United States included earning a high school diploma in New Jersey, seminars at the University of Chicago, and a BA degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1911. He was ordained as a Reform rabbi at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1912, studying with Kaufmann Kohler, the architect of American Reform Judaism's theological stance. After ordination, he served several Reform Jewish congregations.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.