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Biggs, John (1801–1871), hosier and political reformer, was born at Leicester, first of the seven children of John Biggs (1774–1827), hosier, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Heggs (1780–1862), of Arnesby, Leicestershire. By the time his father died in 1827 the firm of John Biggs & Sons...

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Lloyd, Gamaliel (1744–1817), merchant and political reformer, was born on 26 May 1744 at Hulme Hall near Manchester, the second son of four children of George Lloyd (bap. 1708, d. 1783), merchant and manufacturer, and his second wife, Susannah Horton (bap...

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Muntz, George Frederick (1794–1857), political reformer and industrialist, eldest son of Philip Frederick Muntz (d. 1811) and his wife, Catherine, née Purden, was born in Great Charles Street, Birmingham, on 26 November 1794. His ancestors were Poles, whom persecution drove to France...

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Rickman, Thomas Clio (1761–1834), bookseller and reformer, was born on 27 July 1761 at The Cliffe, Lewes, the son of John Rickman and his wife, Elizabeth, née Peters. Both parents were Quakers and intended their son to enter the medical profession. Accordingly he was apprenticed to an uncle who practised as a doctor in ...

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Walker, Thomas (1749–1817), cotton merchant and political reformer, was born on 3 April 1749 in Manchester, the eldest son of a local merchant who originally lived in Bristol. Although very little is known of Walker's childhood, it was during these formative years that he became acquainted with the writings of ...