Saul Isaac (1823 – late 1903)[1] was an English businessman and Conservative Party politician. He was the first Jew to be elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative candidate.[2]

Isaac was a partner in the army contracting business run by his older brother Samuel (1812–1886),[3] which became the largest European supplier of materials to the Confederate States during the American Civil War.[3]

He was elected at the 1874 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottingham,[4] when the Conservatives took both the city's parliamentary seats from the Liberals.[5] The election return describes him as a colliery proprietor, of Colwick Hall, Nottinghamshire.[4]

Isaac was defeated at the 1880 general election,[5] and was unsuccessful when he contested Finsbury Central at the 1885 general election.[6]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "The Jubilee Of Jewish Emancipation". The Times (London). 25 July 1908. pp. 16, col A.  |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ a b  "Isaac, Samuel". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  4. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 24063. p. 543. 6 February 1874. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 230. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 13. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Seely
Auberon Herbert
Member of Parliament for Nottingham
With: William Evelyn Denison
Succeeded by
Charles Seely
John Skirrow Wright