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Abse, Leopold [Leo] (1917–2008), politician, was born at 5 Clare Street, Cardiff, on 22 April 1917, the second of three sons and third of four children of Rudolph Abse (1887–1964), a cinema manager then serving as a private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and his wife, ...

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Belisha, (Isaac) Leslie Hore-, Baron Hore-Belisha (1893–1957), politician, was born in London on 7 September 1893, the only son of Jacob Isaac Belisha (d. 1894), an insurance company manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Miriam (d. 1936), daughter of John Leslie Miers...

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Disraeli, Benjamin, earl of Beaconsfield (1804–1881), prime minister and novelist, was born on 21 December 1804 at 6 King's Road, Bedford Row, London, the eldest son and second of five children of Isaac D'Israeli (1766–1848) and his wife, Maria (1775–1847), daughter of Naphtali...

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Neville Sandelson

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Edelman, (Israel) Maurice (1911–1975), politician and novelist, was born on 2 March 1911 at Cardiff, the third of five children (two sons and three daughters, one of whom died in childhood) of Joshua Edelman and his wife, Esther Solomon, who had emigrated from ...

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Gaitskell [née Creditor; other married name Frost], (Anna) Dora, Baroness Gaitskell (1901–1989), politician, was born on 25 April 1901 near Riga in Latvia, then part of imperial Russia, the eldest in the family of four daughters and one son of Leon Creditor...

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Harris, Sir Percy Alfred, first baronet (1876–1952), politician, was born at 197 Queen's Gate, London, on 6 March 1876, the younger son of Wolf Harris (1834–1926) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1928), daughter of David Nathan, general dealer, of Auckland, New Zealand...

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Zelman Cowen

revised by Peter Balmford

Isaacs, Sir Isaac Alfred (1855–1948), judge and politician, was born at Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, on 6 August 1855, the eldest of the three children of Alfred Isaacs (d. 1904), a Polish-born tailor, of Auburn, Victoria, and his wife, Rebecca (d. 1912)...

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Isaacs, Rufus Daniel, first marquess of Reading (1860–1935), politician and judge, was born on 10 October 1860 at 3 Bury Street, in the parish of St Mary Axe, London, the second son and fourth of the nine children of Joseph Michael Isaacs (1832–1908)...

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Joseph, Keith Sinjohn, Baron Joseph (1918–1994), politician, was born on 17 January 1918 at 63 Portland Place, London, the only child of Samuel Gluckstein Joseph, later Sir Samuel George Joseph, first baronet (1888–1944), businessman, and his wife, Edna Cicely (1896–1981), younger daughter of ...

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Magnus, Sir Philip, first baronet (1842–1933), educationist and politician, was born on 7 October 1842 at 160 High Holborn, London, the second of the five children of Jacob Magnus (1805–1888), a tailor and later a wine merchant, and his wife, Caroline Barnett (1808/9–1894)...

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Mikardo, Ian [known as Mik] (1908–1993), politician, was born in Portsmouth on 9 July 1908, the son of Moshe (Morris) Mikardo, a tailor, and his wife, Bluma. Both his parents came to Britain in the massive Jewish exodus from the tsarist empire in the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first of the twentieth: his mother from the village of ...

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Mishcon, Victor, Baron Mishcon (1915–2006), solicitor and politician, was born on 14 August 1915 at 1 Helix Road, Brixton, London, the son of Rabbi Arnold Mishcon (1879/80–1935), who had emigrated from Russia, and his west-country wife, Queenie, née Orler (1878/9–1949), who was a teacher at an elementary school. His father had become a rabbi at the age of twenty-two, and four years later became rabbi at the ...

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Rothschild, Ferdinand James Anselm de, Baron de Rothschild in the nobility of the Austrian empire (1839–1898), art collector and politician, was born in Paris on 17 December 1839, the fifth of seven surviving children of Baron Anselm Salomon de Rothschild (1803–1874), banker, and his wife, ...

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Salomons, Sir David, baronet (1797–1873), banker and politician, was born in London on 22 November 1797, the second son of Levy Salomons, a stockbroker whose family was of Dutch Ashkenazi Jewish (German and Polish) origin, and Matilda de Metz, of Leiden.

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Samuel, Herbert Louis, first Viscount Samuel (1870–1963), politician, was born on 6 November 1870 at Claremont, Belvedere Road, Sefton Park, Liverpool, the youngest of five children of Edwin Louis Samuel (1825–1877), a banker, and his wife, Clara, née Yates (1837–1920). His ancestors, of German-Jewish origin, had settled in ...

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Silkin, Lewis, first Baron Silkin (1889–1972), politician, was born in Poplar, London, on 14 November 1889, the seventh child of Abraham Silkin, teacher of Hebrew and wholesale grocer, and his wife, Fanny Sopher. The family had only recently arrived in Britain from Lithuania...

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Silverman, (Samuel) Sydney (1895–1968), politician and penal reformer, was born at 33 Elizabeth Street, Liverpool, on 8 October 1895. He was the second of four children, only two of whom survived to maturity, of Myer Silverman, general draper, and his wife, Blanche Stern...

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Worms, Henry De, first Baron Pirbright (1840–1903), politician, was born on 20 October 1840, the youngest child of Baron Solomon Benedict De Worms (1801–1882) and his wife, Henrietta, eldest daughter of Samuel Moses Samuel. Solomon De Worms was descended from a wealthy Frankfurt...