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Burritt, Elihu (1810–1879), peace campaigner and American consul, was born in New Britain, Connecticut, on 8 December 1810, the son of Elihu Burritt (d. 1827), a farmer and cobbler, and his wife, Elizabeth Hinsdale, a Calvinist. While earning his living as a blacksmith, ...

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Elihu Burritt (1810–1879) by unknown photographer, 1860s © Getty Images

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Jones, Benjamin (1847–1942), co-operative movement activist and manager, was born on 9 September 1847 in Salford, Lancashire, the son of Reuben Jones, a dyer's labourer, and Mary, née Brazier, who worked as a power-loom weaver. Jones entered employment at the age of nine, working as an errand-boy and bookkeeper before joining the ...

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Mitchell, John Thomas Whitehead (1828–1895), co-operative society administrator, was born on 18 October 1828 in Rochdale, with no recognized father. His mother was a beerhouse keeper in Red Cross Street, where Mitchell attended the national school. His mother's forebears were in the hat trade, which became extinct in ...