Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Emanuel Gorfine (1895-1984)
MSA SC 3520-1684


Born November 28, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Son of Saul and Ceclia (Goldberg) Gorfine.  Attended Baltimore City College, 1913; University of Maryland School of Law.  Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1917.  Married (1) Lillian Miller; (2) Louise Ward.  Three children, Lewis W., Charlotte, and Jo Anne.  Died September 28, 1984, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Buried at Hebrew Friendship Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.

Maryland House of Delegates, Baltimore City District 4, 1931-38 (D). Speaker of the House, 1935-38. Maryland State Senate, Baltimore City, District 4, 1939-43. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee. After losing his bid for re-election in 1942, Gorfine was appointed to the State Industrial Accident Commission by Governor Herbert R. O'Conor. He served as chairman of the Commission from 1943 until his retirement in 1951.

Lawyer. Practiced law with Louis M. Selberstein and later joined the firm of Gordon, Fleinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger, and Hollander. Served is the U.S. Navy during World War I. Gorfine often recounted his memories of the Baltimore Fire of 1904, which he witnessed as a 9 year old boy. Member, Masons, and the Baltimore, Maryland, and American Bar Associations. Past president, Mount Washington Improvement Association.

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