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Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs (1855–1948) by Walter Stoneman, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Rufus Daniel Isaacs, first marquess of Reading (1860–1935) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1925 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Janner, Barnett, Baron Janner (1892–1982), politician and lawyer, was born on 20 June 1892 in Lucknick (now Luocke), in the province of Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania, the first of three surviving children of Joseph Vitum-Janner (d. 1932), a shopkeeper, and his wife, Gertrude (Gittel), ...

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Lincoln, Ignatius Timotheus Trebitsch [formerly Ignácz Trebitsch; name in religion Chao Kung] (1879–1943), political adventurer, was born in Paks, Hungary, on 4 April 1879, the second son of Nathan Trebitsch (d. 1899), a merchant, and his wife, Julia, née Freund (...

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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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Victor Mishcon, Baron Mishcon (1915–2006) by Carolyn Djanogly, 2000 Camera Press, London

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Silkin, John Ernest (1923–1987), lawyer and politician, was born on 18 March 1923 in London, the third and youngest son (there were no daughters) of Lewis Silkin, later first Baron Silkin (1889–1972), solicitor, who became minister of town and country planning in the Labour government of 1945–51, and his wife, ...

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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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(Samuel) Sydney Silverman (1895–1968) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London