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Churchill, Awnsham (1658–1728), bookseller and politician, was born on 2 May 1658 in the parish of St Peter's, Dorchester, Dorset, the son of William Churchill (1628–1706), of Dorchester, who was also a bookseller, and Elizabeth Awnsham (d. 1714). He was apprenticed in 1676 to ...

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Jones, Sir Pryce Pryce- (1834–1920), draper and politician, was born on 16 October 1834 at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales, the second son of William Jones, solicitor, of Newtown and his wife, Margaret Goodwin, who was related to Robert Owen. Though his Who's Who entry suggests that he had been privately educated other sources indicate that he attended the church elementary school in ...

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Kearley, Hudson Ewbanke, first Viscount Devonport (1856–1934), grocer and politician, was born on 1 September 1856, at Uxbridge, Middlesex, the youngest of ten children of George Ewbanke Kearley (1814–1876), plumber and later building contractor, and his wife, Mary Ann Hudson. Educated at Surrey county school, Cranleigh...

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Smith, William Henry (1825–1891), newsagent and politician, was born on 24 June 1825 at 42 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London, the only son of William Henry Smith (1792–1865), and his wife, Mary Ann Cooper. He had six sisters. His father, who was originally a newsagent in a small way of business, had the idea of sending ...

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William Henry Smith (1825–1891) by John D. Miller, pubd 1883 (after George Richmond, 1878) © National Portrait Gallery, London