This Day in Jewish History 1852: From Rags to the King’s Privy

March 3, 1852, is the birthdate of Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel, a German-born Jew who reached the pinnacle of English society.

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Ernest Joseph Cassel was born in Cologne, then part of the Kingdom of Prussia. His father, Jacob Cassel, was the owner of a small bank, from a family that had been involved in finance since the 17th century....