Mr George B. Goldschmidt was born in New York on 16 October 1840.
He was the son of John Meyer Goldschmidt (1801-1877) and Celestine Judah (1813-1898). His father was German by birth whilst his mother was born in New York. He had four known siblings: John (b. 1838), Mary (b. 1842), Samuel (b. 1848) and Edward (b. 1855).
He first appears on the 1850 census living in Manhattan. During the American Civil War he is recorded as having served in the 22nd New York National Guard as Corporal then Sergeant and he served at Harper's Ferry and in the Gettysburg Campaign. Afterwards he was a Major in the 55th New York National Guard.
By the time of the 1880 census, George was described as a lawyer and still living with his by-now widowed mother. He was reportedly one of the oldest members of the Bar Association, having become a member in 1870, and he was admitted to practice in 1882 and was a well-known conveyancer in New York. By 1892 he was living in Brooklyn and was well-known in social circles, being an active member of various organisations, including those of the Museums of Art and Natural History.
A frequent traveller across the Atlantic, Goldschmidt appears on passenger lists for ships including Teutonic, Carmania, Campania, Columbia, and Minnetonka.
He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (ticket number PC 17754 which cost £34, 13s, 1d) and he occupied cabin A-5.
George Goldschmidt died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.