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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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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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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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Gray, Sir Alexander (1882–1968), economist and poet, was born on 6 January 1882 at Marshall Street, Lochee, Dundee, the third son of John Young Gray and his wife, Mary Young. His father was then art teacher at Dundee high school, and to this school ...

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Sir Alexander Gray (1882–1968) by Walter Stoneman, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hodgskin, Thomas (1787–1869), economist, political theorist, and journalist, was born on 12 December 1787 in Chatham, where he was baptized on 9 January 1788, the fourth child and youngest of three sons of John Hodgskin (1756-1827), a keeper of stores at the Admiralty...

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Knox, John (1720–1790), bookseller and economic improver, was born in Scotland; details of his parents are unknown. About Knox's early life before he moved to London to become a successful bookseller in the Strand, or his domestic circumstances, almost nothing is known. His ...

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Layton, Walter Thomas, first Baron Layton (1884–1966), economist and newspaper proprietor, was born in Chelsea, London, on 15 March 1884, the second son and third of the four children of Alfred John Layton (1849–1934), of The Chalet, Fulham Park Road, London, and his wife, ...

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O'Duffy, Eimar Ultan (1893–1935), writer and political economist, was born on 29 September 1893 at 26 Gardiner Place, Dublin, the elder son of Kevin Emmet O'Duffy, a prominent dentist, and his wife, Pauline, née Campbell. His grandfather John O'Duffy had been the founder (with others) of the ...

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Eimar Ultan O'Duffy (1893–1935) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Orage, Alfred Richard (1873–1934), journal editor and advocate of social credit, was born on 22 January 1873 at Dacre, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the last of four children of William Steverson Orage (d. c.1875), farmer and later head teacher at his own school at ...

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Alfred Richard Orage (1873–1934) by Francis Ernest Jackson, c. 1900–01 image courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries (City Art Gallery)

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Postlethwayt, Malachy (c. 1707–1767), writer on economics and publicist, is a figure about whose origins and formal education nothing is known. He may have been the brother of James Postlethwayt (d. 1761), who was also a writer on economic matters. The entry on chemistry in ...

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Robinson, David (1787–1849), journalist and economist, was born at Garton on the Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire on 22 July 1787, the son of George Robinson and his wife, Ann, née Taylor. He spent his adult life in London. He was educated for a career in business, but began to write occasionally in local newspapers. From 1821, by what he later described as an 'accident', writing became his sole employment for the next fifteen years. All his work was published anonymously or pseudonymously, and half of it at most can be identified....

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Russell, George William [pseud. A. E.] (1867–1935), journalist, poet, and agricultural economist, was born on 10 April 1867 at William Street, in the Ulster town of Lurgan, the youngest of three children of Thomas Elias Russell (1822?–1900), a bookkeeper employed by Bell & Co....

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George William Russell (1867–1935) by John Butler Yeats, 1903 National Gallery of Ireland

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Schwartz, George Leopold Adolf (1891–1983), economist and journalist, was born at 39 Temple Street, Brighton, on 10 February 1891, the elder son and eldest of four children of Adolph George Schwartz (Schwarz), an Austrian Jew who was a hotel waiter and later a wine merchant, and his wife, ...