Sassoon David Sassoon

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Sassoon David Sassoon
Born 1832
Mumbai, India
Died 1867
London, England
Nationality Indian-English
Occupation Businessman
Parents David Sassoon
Farha Hayim

Sassoon David Sassoon (1832–1867) was an Indian-born English businessman, banker and philanthropist.


Early life[edit]

Sassoon David Sassoon was born in August 1832 in Mumbai, India.[1][2] He was a member of the Sassoon family. His father was David Sassoon (1792–1864), a leading trader of cotton and opium who served as the treasurer of Baghdad between 1817 and 1829, and his mother, Farha Hayim of Baghdad.[1]

He was educated in Biblical and Talmudic lore in Baghdad.[2] He also spoke several Oriental languages with great fluency.[2]

Business career[edit]

He proceeded to Shanghai, where he conducted the mercantile operations of the Chinese branch of the firm of David Sassoon, Sons & Co.[2] He went to London in 1858, where he opened a bank on Leadenhall Street.[1][2] The business grew exponentially during the American Civil War, as they suddenly became the main suppliers of cotton to British consumers.[1]


He served as President of a committee which had for its object the organization of an expedition to the Jews in China, Abyssinia, and the East. He was also a member of the council of Jews' College and of the committee of the Jews' Free School, which two institutions he munificently endowed.[1] He was also a warden of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.[1] For several years, he acted as examiner in Hebrew to the Jews' Free School.

Personal life[edit]

At the age of 18, he married Fahra Reuben (1838-1919) of Mumbai, daughter of Solomon Reuben.[1] She later changed her name to Flora Sassoon in England. They had four children:

They resided at Ashley Park in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.[1] He died in 1867 in London, leaving an estate of GB£120,000.[1] Later, Flora resided at 37 Adelaide Crescent in Hove, East Sussex.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j William D. Rubinstein, The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, p. 865 [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e Jewish Encyclopedia
  3. ^ National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail: Brighton & Hove

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