4 January 1882 Death of Parliamentarian Ralph Bernal Osborne #otdimjh

On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

From the Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History

BERNAL, RALPH (c1785–26 August 1854), politician. Of Sephardi background, the son of London-based West India merchant Jacob Bernal (d. 1811), he had only the loosest connection with the Jewish community. He was among several MPs of Jewish descent who served in Parliament before 1858.

Educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge (11th Wrangler), he was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1810. He practised as a barrister and inherited a large estate in the West Indies. He served in Parliament for many years, spending £66,000 on election campaigns. He was Whig MP for Lincoln City (1818–20), for Rochester (1820–41 and 1847–52), for Weymouth (1842–7), and for Rochester (1847–52). He served as President of the British Archaeological Society and was a noted collector of glass and ceramics, forming a collection which sold for £70,000 at his death.


His son with his non-Jewish wife, Ralph…

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