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Chamberlain, Joseph [Joe] (1836–1914), industrialist and politician, was born on 8 July 1836 at 3 Grove Hill Terrace, Camberwell, Surrey, the first of the nine children of Joseph Chamberlain (1796–1874), cordwainer and metal manufacturer, and his wife, Caroline (1808–1875), daughter of Henry Harben...

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Fielden, Joshua (1827–1887), cotton manufacturer and politician, was born on 8 March 1827 at Dawson Weir, Todmorden, Lancashire, the sixth of the seven surviving children of John Fielden (1784–1849) and his first wife, Ann Grindrod (d. 1832), the daughter of a Rochdale...

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Maddison, Fred (1856–1937), trade unionist and politician, was born on 17 August 1856 at Boston, Lincolnshire, the son of Richard Maddinson (1816/17-1877), groom, and his wife, Mary, née Yates (d. 1860). Following his mother's death, her sister Amy Yates was housekeeper to his father who, by 1871, had settled in ...

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Melly, George (1830–1894), politician and merchant, was born in Tuebrook, Liverpool, on 20 August 1830, the second son of André Melly (1802–1851), a Swiss merchant who had settled in Liverpool in 1824 when he became agent to the Egyptian government in England, and his wife, ...

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Potter, Edmund (1802–1883), calico printer and politician, was born on 25 January 1802 at Ardwick, Manchester, the second of six children of James Potter, merchant, and his wife, Mary, and was baptized at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel on 28 April 1802. On 3 October 1829 he married ...

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Sir Cyril Smith (1928–2010) by Sefton Samuels, 1980 © Sefton Samuels / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, Sir Cyril (1928–2010), politician and manufacturer, was born at Birch Hill House, Wardle, Rochdale, Lancashire, on 28 June 1928, the second of three children of Eva Smith (1904–1994), who was unmarried. At the time of his birth registration she lived at 6 Falinge Road, Rochdale...