Isaac Lyon Goldsmid

Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid, Baronet, (January 13 1778April 27 1859), was a financier and one of the leading figures in the Jewish emancipation in the United Kingdom.

Goldsmid was born in London, and began in business with a firm of bullion brokers to the Bank of England and the East India Company. He amassed a large fortune, and was made "Baron da Palmeira" by the Portuguese government in 1846 for services rendered in settling a monetary dispute between Portugal and Brazil, but he is chiefly known for his efforts to obtain the emancipation of the Jews in England and for his part in founding University College London. The Jewish Disabilities Bill, first introduced in Parliament by Sir Robert Grant in 1830, owed its final passage through the House of Lords in 1858 to Goldsmid's energetic work. He helped to establish the University College Hospital in 1834, serving as its treasurer for eighteen years, and also aided in the efforts to obtain reform in the English penal code. Moreover he assisted by his capital and his enterprise to build part of the English southern railways and also the London docks. In 1841 he became the first Jewish baronet, the honour being conferred upon him by Lord Melbourne. He had married his cousin Isabel and their second son was Sir Francis Henry Goldsmid, Baronet (1808-1878).

ee also

*Goldsmid – article about the Goldsmid family
*History of the Jews in England

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* [ Jewish Encyclopedia]

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