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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...