Marks, Harry Hananel

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MARKS, HARRY HANANEL (1855–1916), British journalist and politician. Born in London, Marks was a son of David Woolf Marks (1811–1909), a prominent Reform rabbi. He took up journalism in the U.S. and worked five years on the New York World and Daily Mining News. Returning to England in 1883, he established and edited Financial News and wrote a book, Small Change, or Lights and Shades of New York (1882). In 1889–98 he was a member of London County Council and was elected a Conservative member of Parliament in 1895–1900 and 1904–09. Marks was a bitter anti-Zionist. In 1879, however, he wrote a satirical work denouncing antisemitism, Down With the Jews! A Meeting of the Society for Suppressing the Jewish Race.

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odnb online; D. Porter, "Trusted Guide for the Investing Public: Harry Marks and the Financial News, 1884–1916," in: Business History, 28 (1986), 1–17; dbb, 4, 133–35.