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Owen, Robertlocked

(1771–1858)
  • Gregory Claeys

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Owen, Robert (1771–1858), socialist and philanthropist, was born on 14 May 1771 at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, the son of Robert Owen (1741–1804), a saddler and ironmonger as well as the local postmaster, and his wife, Anne Williams (c.1735–1803), a farmer's daughter. He was the youngest, but one, of seven children, and his childhood seems to have been a happy one. Intellectually precocious, he devoured a book per day, including novels, histories, and travel books, and became the schoolmaster's assistant. As a producer of pious sermons, he was known as 'the little parson' (...

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