British Aristocracy. Born the only child of Baron Meyer Amschel de Rothschild and Juliana Cohen. Her father died in 1874, leaving his daughter one of the wealthiest women in England. Her mother died some three years later after a long illness. She was first introduced to her future husband, Archibald Primrose, the Earl of Rosebery, by Lady Beaconsfield, the wife of Benjamin Disraeli. Despite prevalent anti-Semitism among society, the disapproval of the groom's mother, and the general conflict of faith, the couple announced their engagement in January 1878 and they were married March 20, 1878 in two separate ceremonies. In a show of disapproval, no male member of the de Rothschild family attended, but the Prince of Wales did and Benjamin Disraeli gave the bride away. The couple would have four children. She was apparently devoted to her husband and entertained lavishly for him, she was very ambitious for him and helped pave his way to Undersecretary of State for Home Affairs, then as Lord Privy Seal and finally as Foreign Secretary in 1886. She was also a philanthropist, founding the Club for Jewish Working Girls in Whitechapel, she supported the Institution for the Oral Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, and supervised the fund for the relief of the sick and wounded in the campaigns in Egypt and the Sudan. She served as President for Scotland of the Jubilee Nurses Institute, was an active organizer of the Scottish Home Industries Association, and in 1886 she was one of the conveners of the Women's Industries Section at the Edinburgh International Exhibition. After twelve years of marriage, she succumbed to typhoid fever complicated by Bright's disease at the age of thirty-nine. She was buried in the Jewish cemetery in Willesden in London.
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Archibald Philip Primrose
1847–1929 (m. 1878)
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