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Griffith, George (1811/12–1883), corn dealer and reformer of endowed schools, was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, where his father lived in Edgbaston Street. Details of his education are obscure, but as a youth he was an avid reader and in early adulthood he attended and later taught at the ...

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Jacob, William (1761/2–1851), merchant and writer on the corn trade, was by the early 1790s well established in business as a merchant, in partnership with John Jacob, in premises in Newgate Street, London. According to Joshua Wilson he had become a 'commercial man of considerable credit' and was 'one of the few Englishmen who, in the present day, has carried on a direct trade with ...

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Lawson, Charles (1795–1873), seed merchant and agriculturist, was born in Edinburgh on 9 August 1795, the second son of Peter Lawson (d. 1821), seed merchant, who in 1770 founded a successful nursery in Edinburgh, and his first wife, Patricia Grant. He was educated at ...

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Mongredien, Augustus (1807–1888), corn merchant and political economist, was born in London, the son of John Adrien Mongredien, a French officer who had fled to England after Bonaparte's coup d'état in 1798 and was later described as an 'agriculturalist'. Educated at the Roman Catholic school at ...

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Paul, William Francis (1850–1928), grain importer and maltster, was born on 11 February 1850 at 39 Bank Street, Ipswich, the youngest of the seven children of Robert Paul (c.1806–1864), maltster and wharfinger, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James Woods, ironmonger, of ...

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William Francis Paul (1850–1928) by unknown photographer courtesy of BOCM Pauls; photograph © Eric Palmer

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Smith, Charles (1713–1777), writer on the corn trade, was born in Stepney, the son of Charles Smith, a corn mill owner of Croydon, Surrey, and his wife, Anne, daughter and coheir of James Marrener, a naval captain with the East India Company. His family had been profitably engaged in the grain trade for two generations. ...

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Spiller, Joel (1804–1853), corn factor and miller, was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, the son of an ironmonger there. The family was, allegedly, of Flemish origin. In April 1829 Spiller married Sarah Taylor Durston, and in the same year he set up in business as a corn factor and dealer from a shop in ...

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Sutton, John (bap. 1777, d. 1863), corn dealer and seedsman, was baptized at St Mary Somerset, London, on 1 June 1777, the fourth son in a family of six sons and four daughters of James Sutton (1744–1789), partner in Sutton and Winckworth, flour factors, and his wife, ...