6 Things to Know about Benjamin Disraeli – a Short Biography

1. Disraeli was born Jew­ish, but was bap­tized at the age of twelve.

Benjamin Disraeli was born on 21 December 1804 at 6 King’s Road, Bedford Row, Bloomsbury, London, England. He was born into an Italian Jewish family becoming and an Anglican at age 12.

2. Disraeli produced 26 fiction and nonfiction literary works.

Disraeli had a very busy life attaining much and is widely recognised as a Statesman following a dispute with Russia. He wrote many novels and was still doing so at aged 76 and produced 26 fiction and nonfiction literary works. Until current day he (2016) remains the only Jewish Prime Minister in the United Kingdom.

Disraeli had wanted to follow his brothers to a prestigious college which from the elite of politicians was produced but his father would not let that be. He was sent instead to a less known place of education under the Christian guidance of religious. This did not quench his thirst for politics and it seems he would have got there no matter where he was.

3. Disraeli started his career when he was articled as a clerk to a firm of solicitors.

His career started when he was articled as a clerk to a firm of solicitors, Swain, Stevens, Maples, Pearse and Hunt, where a prospective spouse was also known of. No relations developed and he is said to have provided satisfactory service there. On the return from European touring he decided that he was not going to become a lawyer but rather a barrister and so joined the Lincoln Inn and the chambers of his uncle Nathaniel Basevy. Benjamin Austen (of the same chambers) convinced Disraeli’s father that he had nope chance of becoming a barrister and was advised to use his literary skills instead. He did produce some writing of which he recalled before publishing and started to work on the stock exchange.

4. Dis­raeli is con­sid­ered to be the pio­neer of the polit­i­cal novel.

The Young Duke, a novel by Disraeli funded more European Travel and these impressions from religion and racial attitudes became enlightening and even more so  – inspiring. He had been graced with what others did not know and he felt he had a place to use that enlightenment.

During the mining boom he became involved with a financier  J. D. Powles and produced pamphlets anonymously for Powells of which he had heavily invested in. He continued with writing novels for ‘High Society’ of which they were a talking point.

5. Disraeli remained the 1st Earl of Beaconsfield when he died 19 April 1881 (aged 76).

Disraeli’s career centered politics throughout. He felt he had something to say and could drive change. He was early engaged into politics and helped establish the Conservative Party and regularly reported to Queen Victoria as prime minister. For both these things he remains esteemed in history and Parliament. He has a close friendship with Queen Victoria who bestowed him the Earl of Beaconsfield title in 1876.

In Parliament he held rank as a back bencher, Leader of the House, Chancellor and Prime Minister and was a fierce opponent both when representing the Empire and in the House of Commons. It was this very nature that had him succeed in all he achieved. He vexed farmers and lost public support quickly to towards the end of his career over corn laws and importation matters.

6. Disraeli was a committed politician that did have a great deal of fighting.

During the 1830 election the Liberals ‘bested’ the Conservatives and so he lost his position as Prime Minister continuing with the party in opposition instead. A massive misinterpretation of media reporting about Daniel O’Connell (the Irish Politician) had thought Disraeli had slandered him and offered up public attack in response through The Times paper. This brought to fore yet more public battles involving Disraeli and he was willing to use each of them to make his point known.

Disraeli was a committed politician that did have a great deal of fighting spirit which seems lacking in modern politics. He was decided on what he wanted and he went all out for it inspiring others to do the same.

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