Samuel, Sydney Montagu

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SAMUEL, SYDNEY MONTAGU (1848–1884), British journalist. Born in London and educated at London University, a nephew of the first Baron Swaythling, Samuel was active in Jewish social welfare work. A prolific writer, he ranged from poetry to finance and wrote an annual financial survey for the Times. In 1878 he acquired part ownership of the Jewish Chronicle and wrote for that paper on many subjects. His series of travel articles was published as a book, Jewish Life in the East (1881). He was also active in the theater and wrote a comedy, A Quiet Pipe (1880). Samuel was a merchant banker in the City of London, dying, it is said, of overwork, at the age of 36.