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Samuel was proudly British (he naturalised in 1895) and a great supporter of the royal family. Yet he was also passionate about his Jewish faith and an advocate for poorer fellow Eastern European Jews in Manchester. This was demonstrated in his choice of philanthropic work. Samuel was a founder of the Manchester Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital built in 1904. When the established communal leaders in Manchester opposed the creation of the hospital, Samuel fought passionately for the project.

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