Sassoon David Sassoon

Sassoon David Sassoon

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Sassoon David Sassoon (1832 – 1867), a British Indian merchant, was born at Bombay (now Mumbai), a member of a family settled there since the beginning of the 16th century, and previously in Spain. He was the eldest son by the second marriage of his father David Sassoon to Farha Hayim.

His father was a leading Baghdad merchant but was driven by repeated anti-Semitic outbreaks to remove from Baghdad to Bushire, in what is now Iran, and, in 1832, settled in Bombay where he founded a large banking and mercantile business. His business acumen soon made him one of the richest men in Bombay.

At an early age, Sassoon David Sassoon was initiated into Biblical and Talmudic lore.

At the age of 18, he married the fourteen-year-old Fahra Reuben of Bombay. After their marriage, they moved to Baghdad but returned to Bombay for the birth of their first child Joseph.

Thence he proceeded to Shanghai, where he conducted the mercantile operations of the China branch of the firm of David Sassoon, Sons & Co. He went to London in 1858 and soon occupied a prominent position among the principal merchants of that city, being elected director of a number of important companies. He spoke several Oriental languages with great fluency.

His wife, who changed her name to Flora, joined him in London in 1860.

Sassoon David Sassoon was president of a committee which had for its object the organization of an expedition to the Jews in China, Abyssinia, and the East; and was a member of the council...
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