American musician and novelist; born in London, England, Sept., 1803; died in New York March 14, 1882. After acting as a musical conductor in his native city, he emigrated (1839) to New York, where his abilities were soon recognized, and where he was engaged as orchestral leader, musical instructor, and choirmaster. He contributed many novels to "The Jewish Messenger" during the early part of the existence of that periodical; among these may be mentioned "The Jewess of Toledo," "The Vicomte d'Arblay," and "Judith of Bohemia."
Woolf's sons all attained more or less prominence: Solomon, as a professor of art and drawing for forty years in the College of the City of New York; Benjamin E. (born in London Feb., 1836; died in Boston, Mass., Feb. 6, 1901), as a dramatist and composer ("The Mighty Dollar" and "The Doctor of Alcantara"); Michael Angelo (born in London 1837; died in New York March 4, 1899), famous for his street caricatures; Philip (born in New York Feb. 7, 1848; died in Boston 1903), as a physician and novelist; and Albert Edward, as an inventor.
- Isaac S. Isaacs, Edward Woolf, in Publ. Am. Jew. Hist. Soc. 1904.