"Wife of London's New Lord Mayor"
"The wife of the new Lord Mayor of London, Sir Marcus Samuel, upon whom will fall the
duties of hostess at the civic entertainments in England's capital during the ensuing year,
was formerly Miss Benjamin and is a prominent member of the Jewish community. She is
described as an exceedingly kindly and amiable gentlewoman, who presides with dignity and
grace over her charming home, the Mote, Maidstone. She is very fond of fishing and
gardening and is said to possess the finest collection of Japanese plants in London, dwarf
trees and chrysanthemums being her specialty. In addition she is the possessor of a
fine assortment of color prints. The firm of which the Lord Mayor is a member has
extensive business relations with Japan and the daughter of the Japanese minister has become
maid of honor to Lady Samuel. Two daughters and two sons make up the Lord Mayor's
family and the eldest daughter will assist her mother with her duties as hostess during
the Mayor's term of office. One of the sons is a student at Oxford and the other at
Eton. The youngest member of the family is a girl of 12 years."
1 Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
November 23, 1902, pg.