Sassoon David Sassoon
|Sassoon David Sassoon|
Sassoon David Sassoon was born in August 1832 in Mumbai, India. 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.
He proceeded to Shanghai, where he conducted the mercantile operations of the Chinese branch of the firm of David Sassoon, Sons & Co. He went to London in 1858, where he opened a bank on Leadenhall Street. The business grew exponentially during the American Civil War, as they suddenly became the main suppliers of cotton to British consumers.
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. He was also a warden of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. For several years, he acted as examiner in Hebrew to the Jews' Free School.
- Joseph Sassoon.
- Rachel Sassoon Beer (1858–1927; married Frederick Arthur Beer, son of Julius Beer).
- Alfred Ezra Sassoon (1861–1895; married Theresa Thornycroft).
- William D. Rubinstein, The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, p. 865 
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