Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, a Parsee philanthropist, born in Bombay, July 15, 1783, died there, April 14, 1859. His parents were poor, and in early life he made several voyages to China. In one of these the ship in which he sailed was captured by the French, and he thus lost his property; but he died worth $4,000,-000. As early as 1822 he released the debtors confined in jail by paying their debts; and his donations to public objects were estimated at about $1,500,000. In 1842 he was knighted by the queen of England, and in 1843 a gold medal bearing the image of Victoria set in diamonds was presented to him by the British government. Among his charities is the great hospital in Bombay bearing his name, and opened in 1845. Connected with it, and also endowed by him, is the Grant medical college. In various parts of the country he built comfortable places of refuge for the convenience of travellers. An establishment at Bombay for the education and sup'port of poor Parsee children he endowed at an expense of $250,-000. In one gift he devoted to education $150,000, besides the schools which bear his name, and also contributed $50,000 for a school of design.
He established benevolent institutions in Bombay, in Surat, in Nowsaree, in the Baroda territories, where his parents lived, and in many other places. He built the causeway which unites the islands of Bombay and Salsette, the water works at Poonah, the bridges at Earla, Parta, and Bartba, and many other public works. In June, 1856, at a public meeting, a statue was voted to him. His statue, that of the first native Indian placed by the side of the monuments of Elphinstone, Malcolm, and Forbes, was set up in the town hall of Bombay, and exposed to public view, Aug. 1,1859. He was advanced to the dignity of a baronet of the United Kingdom by letters patent of Aug. 6, 1857. - His title descended to his eldest son Cursetjee (born Oct. 9,1811), who is a magistrate of Bombay. Under an act of the legislative council of India he assumed his father's name, Sir Jamsetjee Jejee-bhov, which is to be that of all his successors.