Albert Abdullah David Sassoon
Sir Albert was born on 25 July 1818 in Baghdad. He was a member of the Sassoon family. His father, David Sassoon (1792–1864), was a leading Baghdad merchant and a treasurer under Ahmet Pasha, the Governor of Baghdad. However, he fled after he was implicated in a corruption scandal, moving from Baghdad to Bushire, in Iran and settled in Bombay in 1832, where he founded a large banking and mercantile business. David Sassoon's business acumen soon made him one of the richest men in Bombay.
Albert Sassoon was educated in India.
After his father's death, he served as Head of the firm on his father's death.
In 1867 Sasoon was made a Companion of the Order of the Star of India (CSI) and in 1872 a Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath (KCB). In 1873 he visited England and received the freedom of the city of London. Shortly afterwards he settled in England, and was created Baronet Sassoon in 1890.
David Sassoon donated Rs. 60000, while the Government of Bombay Presidency bore the remainder of the cost, Rs. 65,000, for the construction of the David Sassoon Library and Reading Room on Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda in Mumbai. Its contraction was completed in 1870 and like many buildings in the vicinity, such as Elphinstone College, Army and Navy Buildings and Watson's Hotel, it was built using yellow Malad stone. The entrance portico bears his white stone bust.
The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, formerly The Victoria and Albert Museum, which was designed by famous London architect was built with the patronage of many wealthy Indian businessmen and philanthropists like Sassoon, Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy and Jaganath Shunkerseth.
- The London Gazette: . 31 January 1890. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Sharman Kadish, Jewish Heritage in England: an Architectural Guide (English Heritage, 2006, pp. 77-78
- Sassoon: the worlds of Philip and Sybil, Peter Stansky, Yale University Press, 2003, p. 16
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1890 – 1896