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Burrows, Herbert (1845–1922), socialist organizer, was born on 12 June 1845 in Redgrave, Suffolk, the son of Amos Burrows, tailor and Chartist leader, and his wife, Ann, formerly Thompson, a dressmaker. He educated himself using Cassell's shilling handbooks, and became a pupil teacher at the age of thirteen. He then became an ...

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Coppock, James (1798–1857), election agent, was born at Stockport on 2 September 1798, the eldest son of William Coppock, a mercer of that town. He was educated at the school of the Revd Mr Higginson, Unitarian minister of Stockport. After serving an apprenticeship in his father's business, he was placed as a clerk with a wholesale haberdasher in ...

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Parkes, Joseph (1796–1865), election agent and reformer, was born on 22 January 1796 in Warwick, the fourth son of John Parkes, worsted manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah. His brother was Josiah Parkes, the agricultural and civil engineer. Parkes was brought up in the traditions of moderate dissent. His father, a trustee of the Unitarian church in ...

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Smith, Sidney (1805–1881), political agent, was born on 30 September 1805 at Leith, Edinburgh, the second son of William Drummond Smith, solicitor. He studied law at the University of Edinburgh and practised as a solicitor there while pursuing his interest in 'social morality and the science of mind...