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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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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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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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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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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...

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Freeman, John Frederick (1880–1929), poet and businessman, was born on 29 January 1880 at 5 Pownall Road, Haggerston, London, the eldest son of John Jacob Freeman, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Catherine Esther, née Botham, granddaughter of a captain in a regiment of guards. His father, whose family came from ...

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Hadfield, William (1806–1887), writer and businessman, is a figure about whose early life nothing is known. During his youth he travelled extensively in Brazil, the River Plate republics, and the islands of the south Atlantic, including the Falklands, where, at an early age, he developed modest commercial activities....

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Hamlyn [formerly Hamburger], Paul Bertrand Wolfgang, Baron Hamlyn (1926–2001), publisher, businessman, and philanthropist, was born Paul Bertrand Wolfgang Hamburger on 12 February 1926 in Berlin, the second son and youngest of the four children of Professor Richard Hamburger (1884–1940), a distinguished Jewish paediatrician, and his wife, ...

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Paul Bertrand Wolfgang Hamlyn, Baron Hamlyn (1926–2001) by Lewis Morley, 1960s © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Head, Alice Maud (1886–1981), journalist and businesswoman, was born on 3 May 1886 at 138 High Street, Notting Hill, London, the younger daughter of Frank Dearden Head, a builder, and his wife, Ada Cove, a schoolteacher. After attending school in Acton she was sent to the ...

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Higham, Sir Charles Frederick (1876–1938), advertising agent and publicist, was born at South Grove, Walthamstow, Essex, on 17 January 1876, the eldest of three sons of Charles Higham (1851–1885), a clerk in the Custom House, who became a solicitor's clerk, and his wife, ...

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Hill, Aaron (1685–1750), writer and entrepreneur, was born on 10 February 1685 in Beaufort Buildings, the Strand, the eldest son of George Hill, an attorney of Whitchurch Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Declining family fortunes forced George Hill to sell his estate in 1707. Ann Gregory...

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Hornby, (Charles Harold) St John (1867–1946), businessman and private printer, was born on 25 June 1867 at Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, the eldest son of the Revd Charles Edward Hornby, then a curate, and his wife, Harriet, daughter of the Revd Henry Turton, vicar of ...

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Knox, Oliver Arbuthnot (1923–2002), advertising agent, novelist, and political activist, was born on 24 December 1923 at Courns Wood, Hughenden, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the elder son of (Alfred) Dillwyn Knox (1884–1943), classical scholar and cryptographer, and his wife, Olive Margaret Rickman, née...