Sassoon David Sassoon

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Sassoon David Sassoon
Born 1832
Mumbai, British India
Died 1867
Langham Hotel, London, England, UK
Cause of death Heart defect/disease
Resting place Jewish Cemetery, Mile End
Nationality British
Occupation Businessman
Parent(s) David Sassoon
Farha Hayim or Hyeem

Sassoon David Sassoon (1832–1867) was a British businessman, banker and philanthropist.


Early life[edit]

Sassoon David Sassoon was born in August 1832 in Bombay, 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 suffered from poor health from infancy but travelled widely.[3]

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 spinning mills and the British market.[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 Sassoon of Baghdad.[1] She later changed her name to Flora in England. They had four children:

They resided at Ashley Park in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and equally at 17 Cumberland Terrace next to Regent's Park in St Pancras, London.[1] He died in 1867 in London, leaving an estate of £120,000 (equivalent to £9,580,000 in 2015).[1] Later, Flora moved to 37 Adelaide Crescent in Hove, East Sussex.[4]


  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. ^ Gentleman's Magazine, London, Obituary: June 24, 1867
  4. ^ National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail: Brighton & Hove

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