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Sir Francis Henry Goldsmid, 2nd Baronet (1 May 1808 ‚Äď 2 May 1878)[1] was an Anglo-Jewish barrister and politician.

The son of Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid and a member of the Goldsmid banking family, Francis was born in London, and privately educated. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1833, becoming the first Jew to become an English barrister, and was made Queen's Counsel in 1858. In 1859 he succeeded to his father's honors. After the passing of the Jewish Disabilities Bill, in which he had aided his father with a number of pamphlets that attracted great attention, he entered Parliament in 1860 as member for the Reading constituency, and represented that constituency until his death.[2][3]

Francis Goldsmid was strenuous on behalf of the Jewish religion, and the founder of the great Jews Free School. He was a munificent contributor to charities and especially to the endowment of University College London. He, like his father, married a cousin, and, dying without issue, was succeeded in the baronetcy by his nephew Sir Julian Goldsmid, son of Frederick Goldsmid.[2]

Goldsmid Road in the town of Reading is named after Francis Goldsmid, and is the location of the town's orthodox synagogue.


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-22.  
  2. ^ a b This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Francis Henry Goldsmid". Retrieved 2007-08-23.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Piggott
Sir Henry Singer Keating
Member of Parliament for Reading
1860 ‚Äď 1878
With: Francis Piggott
Gillery Piggott
George Shaw-Lefevre
Succeeded by
George Shaw-Lefevre
George Palmer


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