Joseph Löwenthal (c.1819-1903)

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Joseph Löwenthal was a German-born wool merchant who settled in Huddersfield, establishing the firm of Lowenthal Bros. in 1848.


He was married to Bertha and the couple had seven known children:

  • Arthur Lowenthal (1853-1867)
  • George Ernest Lowenthal (1854-1942)
  • Bertha Susan Lowenthal (1856-1920)
  • Alice Lowenthal (1858-1951)
  • Helen Lowenthal (1860-1910)
  • Charles Frederick Lowenthal (1863-1933)
  • Francis Lowenthal (1864-?) — changed his named to Frank Mead in 1920


Leeds Mercury (02/Nov/1903):

The death occurred at the Grange, Edgerton, Huddersfield, on Saturday morning of Mr. Joseph Lowenthal, one of the oldest business men in the worn. He migrated from Germany in 1839, and established in 1848 the firm of Lowenthal Bros., wool merchants, Huddersfield. He soon became connected with education and trade movements, and was the president of the committee of the Mechanics' Institute, and was finally made a life governor of the present Technical College, Huddersfield. He was a member of the committee of the Huddersfield Savings Bank, and was made a borough magistrate in 1886. Mr. Lowenthal was a Freemason and a Liberal Unionist, and vice-president of the Huddersfield Liberal Unionist Association. He leaves four sons and three daughters, and instructions are left that the body be cremated.

Yorkshire Evening Post (02/Nov/1903):

Mr. Joseph Lowenthal died at his residence, The Grange, Huddersfield, on Saturday, on the eve of his 85th birthday. He was born in Germany, and came to England in 1839. Nine years later he and his brothers commenced business in Huddersfield as wool merchants, under the style of Lowenthal Bros. He was a prominent Freemason. Formerly a Liberal, he severed his connection with that party on the Home Rule question. He leaves four sons and three daughters. Mr. Lowenthal left instructions for his body to be cremated and arrangements are being made for that purpose. The internment will take place at Huddersfield Cemetery at 11.15 a.m. on Thursday.