BAKRI, JOSEPH COEN:
Chief of the Algerian Jews; financier; born at Algiers in the middleof the eighteenth century; died at Leghorn in 1817. He was the founder of the renowned firm "Bakri Brothers," which played so great a part in the politics of Algeria during half a century. At the death of his son David, Joseph undertook the management of the affairs of the firm, and was appointed by the dey chief of the Algerian Jews. This dignity, which had been so portentous to his son, brought him misfortune too. In 1816 he was banished from Algeria, and his possessions were confiscated by the dey. Subsequently he removed to Leghorn, where he spent the closing years of his life unbefriended and in poverty.
- Bloch, Inscriptions Tumulaires, p. 118.