Goldsmid Family

(18–19th century)
   English Jewish financiers. The history of the Goldsmid family in England starts with Aaron (d. 1782), who came to London from the Netherlands in 1765. His sons Benjamin (1755–1808) and Abraham (1756–1810) became the largest loan contractors in the country. They were friends of royalty, especially of the Duke of Sussex, son of George III, who was a keen Hebraist. Both of them committed suicide. Their nephew Isaac Lyon Goldsmid (1778–1859) was the first unbaptized Jew to receive an English hereditary title, a baronetcy. He was passionately involved in the fight to allow Jews to become members of parliament and was one of the founders of University College, London, established as a non-sectarian institution at a time when the older universities still applied a religious test. His eldest son, Sir Francis Henry Goldsmid (1808–78), was the first Jew admitted to the English bar (1833). He was a member of parliament, as were his brother and nephew. His sister Rachel married Count Solomon d’Avigdor and became the progenitor of another well-known family, the D’Avigdor-Goldsmids.
   Many members of the Goldsmid family have been prominent in the affairs of the Reform Synagogue.

Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament. . 2012.

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