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Alexander, Stanley Walter (1895–1980), financial journalist and editor, was born on 16 November 1895 at 35 Harcourt Road, Deptford, London, the son of Walter Henry Alexander, board of works clerk, and his wife, Alice Maude Mary Kemp. He left the Roan School, Greenwich...

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Bage, Robert (1728?–1801), businessman and novelist, was born at Darley, near Derby, on 29 February 1728, according to his lifelong friend William Hutton (W. Hutton, 478), although Bage wrote to Hutton on 11 March 1800 declaring, 'This day I am 70' (...

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Bagehot, Walter (1826–1877), political commentator, economist, and journalist, was born on 3 February 1826 at Langport, Somerset, the second son of Thomas Watson Bagehot (1795–1881), banker, and Edith Stuckey (1786–1870), a niece of Samuel Stuckey, founder in 1772 of Stuckey's Bank, which issued its own banknotes and enjoyed considerable prominence and respect in the west country. The first born, ...

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Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) by Norman Hirst, pubd 1891 (after Adolphe Beau, 1864) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burt, Edmund (d. 1755), author and rent collector, is known to have been born in England and in 1725 to have referred to his wife's being in London. On 31 May of the same year he was appointed receiver-general and collector of rents on the unsold forfeited estates in ...

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Clark, Sir Thomas Fife (1907–1985), journalist and public relations expert, was born at 37 Grange Road, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, on 29 May 1907, the son of Thomas Fife Clark, journalist, and his wife, Jane Nevison. On leaving Middlesbrough high school at the age of seventeen he became a journalist with the chain of provincial newspapers owned by the ...

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Clarke, William Malpas (1922–2011), financial journalist and business executive, was born on 5 June 1922 at 24 Beauchamp Street, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, the son of Ernest Clarke, machine fitter, and his wife, Florence, née Wright. He was educated at Audenshaw grammar school...

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Cox, Harold (1859–1936), economist and journalist, was born at Wimbledon on 16 August 1859, the second son of Homersham Cox (1821–1897), a county court judge, and his wife, Margaret Lucy Cox (b. 1832/3). He was educated at Tonbridge School, whence he obtained a mathematical scholarship at ...

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Geoffrey Crowther, Baron Crowther (1907–1972) by Howard Coster, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crowther, Geoffrey, Baron Crowther (1907–1972), journalist and businessman, was born on 13 May 1907 at Headingley, Leeds, the eldest son of Charles Crowther (1876–1964), lecturer then professor of agricultural chemistry at the University of Leeds, and his wife, Hilda Louise Reed (d...

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Hubert Kinsman Cudlipp, Baron Cudlipp (1913–1998) by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1961 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cudlipp, Hubert Kinsman [Hugh], Baron Cudlipp (1913–1998), journalist and publishing executive, was born at 118 Lisvane Street, Cardiff, on 28 August 1913, the youngest son in the family of three sons and one daughter of William Christopher Cudlipp, commercial traveller for a provision merchant, and his wife, ...

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Dalziel, Davison Alexander, Baron Dalziel of Wooler (1852–1928), newspaper proprietor and financier, was born in Camden Town, London, on 17 October 1852, the youngest son of Davison Octavian Dalziel (1825–1875) and his wife, Helen, daughter of Henry Gaulter. He was descended from a Northumbrian family distinguished for both artistic and business ability: of the eight sons of his paternal grandfather, ...

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Davenport, Ernest Harold [pseud. Nicholas Davenport] (1893–1979), journalist and economist, was born on 10 August 1893 at 10 Ivanhoe Terrace, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, the youngest in the family of three sons and one daughter of Thomas William Davenport (d. 1905/6), a brewer and high Anglican lay preacher of ...

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Defoe, Daniel (1660?–1731), writer and businessman, was the youngest of the three children of James Foe (d. 1706), a prosperous tallow chandler in the parish of Cripplegate and a freeman of the City of London, and Alice Foe, who died some time between 1668 and 1671. His sisters, ...

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Dillwyn, (Elizabeth) Amy (1845–1935), novelist and businesswoman, was born at Parc Wern, Sketty, Swansea, on 16 May 1845, the second daughter and third child in the family of three daughters and one son of Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn (1814–1892), an industrialist and Liberal MP for ...

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Eyre [née Aldersey], Anne (1612/13–1681), account keeper, was probably the third of seven children of Samuel Aldersey (d. 1633), a London merchant and haberdasher who had traded to Nuremberg, and his wife, Mary (d. 1628), daughter of Philip van Oyrle...

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Fisher, Max Henry [Fredy] (1922–1993), journalist and merchant banker, was born on 30 May 1922 at Fasanenstrasse, Berlin, Germany, the only child of Dr Friedrich (Fritz) Fischer (1888–1971) and his wife, Sophia (Sonia), née Bakst (1897–1965). His parents both belonged to assimilated Jewish families. His father was a successful lawyer, and a fine pianist, from ...

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Fletcher, Winston (1937–2012), advertising executive and writer, was born Winston Fleisher on 15 July 1937 at the London Hospital in Stepney, Whitechapel, London, the youngest of five children of Abraham Uscher Fleisher, later Albert Fletcher (d. 1963), and his wife, Bessie, née...