Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, was a British author, statesman, prime minister of Great Britain, and founder of the modern Conservative Party. His father, Isaac D'Israeli, although Jewish, had his son baptized at age thirteen. Disraeli stood for Parliament four times with no success, but was elected in 1837 and soon became a brilliant politician. Disraeli's numerous novels and essays made him an important figure in English literature. In 1868 he succeeded to prime minister but immediately lost the position to Gladstone. Prime minister again (1874-80), Disraeli became an aggressive imperialist, taking the Fiji Islands, the Transvall, fighting the Afghans and the Zulu War. The statesman was a great favorite of Queen Victoria, who in 1876 assumed the title of empress of India and made Disraeli earl of Beaconsfield.

Date:
1868 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
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MES22914
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W. & D. Downey (London)
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