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Stephen, James (1758–1832), lawyer and slavery abolitionist, was born on 30 June 1758 at Poole, Dorset, the second of seven children of James Stephen (bap. 1733, d. 1779), dealer and conveyancer, and his wife, Sibella (1738–1775), daughter of William Milner. He attended a series of schools, most of them for only brief periods of time on account of his father's indebtedness. In 1773 he was sent to ...