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Maxwell Abbell

accountant , lawyer

Maxwell Abbell, Polish accountant, lawyer.


Abbell, Maxwell was born on February 22, 1902 in Poland. Son of Maurice and Frieda (Alpert) Abbell.


Brought to the United States, 1905. Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Harvard, 1922. Master of Business Administration, Northwestern, 1925.

Graduate student of University of Chicago, 1926-1928. Juris Doctor cum laude, Loyola University, 1938. Doctor of Laws, (honorary), Jewish Theological Seminary American, 1954.


Social worker Jewish Social Service bureau of Chicago, 1922-1923. Factory personnel worker Hart, Schaffner & Marx, 1923. Staff accountant John K. Laird & Company, 1923-1925.

Secretary, assistant director Jewish Charities of Chicago, 1925-1937. Senior partner Maxwell Abbell & Company, since 1937. Admitted to Illinois bar, 1938.

Senior member Abbell & Abbell, since 1944. Director, vice president American Palestine Trading Corporation, 1949-1953. Member board of directors American Financial & Development Corporation for Israel.

Officer and director numerous business corporations Director board Jewish Education, Chicago, 1937-1954. Director Southern Side Hebrew Congregation, 1936-1955, financial secretary, 1937-1938, president, 1950-1951. Secretary Congregation B’nai Israel of Austin, 1926-1928.

Director Young Men’s Jewish Council of Chicago, 1935-1939, secretary 1938, vice president 1939. Chairman President’s commission on Government Employment Policy, 1955-1956.


Member Abbell & Abbell, since 1944. Member board of directors American Financial & Development Corporation for Israel. Member of Executive Committee Jewish National Fund of Chicago, since 1944.

Member of the Board of Governors College of Jewish Studies, Chicago, 1946-1954, Chairman of the Board, 1950-1954. Member of national board directors American Friends of Hebrew U. Member American, Illinois and Chicago bar associations, American Academy Political and Social Science, Illinois Society C.P.As., American Institute Accountants, Zionist Organisation of Chicago (Executive Committee, since 1944), Phi Beta Kappa.

Clubs: Harvard, Northwestern, Standard, Covenant (Chicago).


Married Fannie Edelman, August 21, 1923. Children: Samuel, Nahami, Miriam, Ruth, Michael.

Maurice Abbell

Frieda (Alpert) Abbell

Fannie Edelman

Samuel Abbell

Nahami Abbell

Miriam Abbell

Ruth Abbell

Michael Abbell