Gerald Isaacs, 2nd Marquess of Reading
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Gerald Isaacs, 2nd Marquess of Reading

The Marquess of Reading

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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

11 November 1953 - 9 January 1957
MonarchElizabeth II
Sir Winston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Selwyn Lloyd
David Ormsby-Gore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

31 October 1951 - 11 November 1953
MonarchGeorge VI
Elizabeth II
Sir Winston Churchill
The Lord Handerson
Douglas Dodds-Parker
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal

30 December 1935 - 19 September 1960
Hereditary Peerage
The 1st Marquess of Reading
The 3rd Marquess of Reading
Personal details
Born10 December 1889
Died19 September 1960(1960-09-19) (aged 70)
Spouse(s)Hon. Eva Violet Mond
ChildrenMichael Alfred Rufus Isaacs, 3rd Marquess of Reading
Lady Joan Rufus Isaacs, Lady Elizabeth Rufus Isaacs
ParentsRufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading
Alice Edith Cohen

Gerald Rufus Isaacs, 2nd Marquess of Reading (10 December 1889 - 19 September 1960), styled Viscount Erleigh from 1917 to 1935, was a British barrister and Liberal then Conservative politician.

Background and education

Gerald Rufus Isaacs was the son of Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, and Alice Edith Cohen. He was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford. He served in the First World War, earning the Military Cross in the 1918 Birthday Honours[1] and reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. His book The South Sea Bubble which describes the famous speculative boom and crash of shares in 18th century England, was published in 1933.

Political career

Erleigh followed his father into Liberal politics. He stood as Liberal candidate for Blackburn at the 1929 General Election.[2] He succeeded his father as second Marquess of Reading in 1935. When the Conservatives came to power in 1951 under Winston Churchill, he was appointed Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, a post he held until 1953, when he was promoted to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and admitted to the Privy Council. He retained this position when Sir Anthony Eden became Prime Minister in 1955. However, Reading was not included in the administration formed by Harold Macmillan in January 1957 and never returned to ministerial office. Apart from his political career, he was also a Bencher and Treasurer of the Middle Temple and an Honorary Colonel in the Inns of Court Regiment from 1947 to 1959. He was first Chairman of the Council on Tribunals serving from its inception in December 1958 until his death. He was succeeded by Viscount Tenby, son of David Lloyd-George.


Lord Reading married the Honourable Eva Violet Mond in 1914, daughter of Alfred Moritz Mond, 1st Baron Melchett (1868-1930) and Violet Mond, Baroness Melchett (1867-1945). Eva Violet Mond's grandfather, Ludwig Mond (1839-1909), was a chemist and industrialist who created the Mond process to extract and purify nickel. He died in September 1960, aged 70, and was buried in the Golders Green Jewish Cemetery.

He was succeeded in his titles by his son Michael. The Marchioness of Reading died in 1973.

In 1939, Lord Reading's daughter, Lady Joan Rufus Isaacs, married the scientist Solly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman, OM, KCB, FRS (1904-1993). She died in 2000.


  1. ^ "No. 30716". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1918. p. 6465.
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, FWS Craig

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