Sassoon David Sassoon
Sassoon David Sassoon (1832 - 1867), a British Indian merchant. His father was a leading Baghdad merchant but in 1832 was driven by anti-Semitism to settle in Bombay where he founded a large banking and mercantile business. During the American Civil War when Lancashire Mills replaced U.S. cotton imports with Sassoon's Indian cotton, he became one of the richest men in Bombay. Sassoon David Sassoon was sent to run the family business in London in 1858, and also became Director of a number of important companies. He spoke several Oriental languages with great fluency. His wife, Farha Hayim, joined him in London in 1860, and changed her name to Flora Sassoon. They bought Ashley House in 1863, but he died only four years later, at the age of thirty-five. Flora and their young family remained in the house.