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Blackham, Harold John (1903–2009), philosopher, humanist, and educationist, was born on 31 March 1903 at 4 Piers Road, Handsworth, near Birmingham, the only son and youngest of four children of Walter Roland Blackham (1875–1911), bookseller and publisher, and his wife, Harriet Mary, née...

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Britton, James Nimmo (1908–1994), educationist, was born on 5 May 1908 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, the second of the four children of James Nimmo Britton (1873–1945), Baptist minister, and his wife, Elsie Clare (1884–1956), daughter of the Revd William Slater, Baptist minister in Lincoln...

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Cousins, James Henry Sproull (1873–1956), writer and educationist, was born on 22 July 1873 at 29 Cavour Street, Belfast, the son of James Cousins (d. 1920), a sailor, and his wife, Susan Davis (d. 1915). His parents were both Wesleyan Methodists; his father retired from a sailing career to work for the ...

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Elvin, (Herbert) Lionel (1905–2005), educationist, was born on 7 August 1905 at 2 Laurel Villas, Hills Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, the eldest of the three sons of Herbert Henry Elvin (1874–1949), engineer's clerk, trade unionist, and lay preacher, and his wife, Mary Jane (Dolly), ...

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Gould, Frederick James (1855–1938), educationist and secularist author, was born on 19 December 1855 at 17 Portland Street, Brighton, the last of the three children of William James Gould, a jeweller and part-time opera singer, and his wife, Julia, née Wilson, a dressmaker....

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Haldane, Richard Burdon, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928), politician, educationist, and lord chancellor, was born at 17 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, on 30 July 1856. He was the second son (but first surviving infancy) of Robert Haldane (1805–1877), writer to the signet and a Baptist, and his second wife, ...

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Richard Burdon Haldane, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928) by Lafayette, 1906 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Hall, Sir (Alfred) Daniel (1864–1942), agricultural educationist and researcher, was born on 22 June 1864 at 44 Milnrow Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, the eldest of the five children of Edwin Hall (1835–1918), flannel manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Ann Billett (d. 1888), daughter of ...

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Sir (Alfred) Daniel Hall (1864–1942) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lethaby, William Richard (1857–1931), educationist and architect, was born at Grosvenor Street, Barnstaple, on 18 January 1857, the only son and youngest of two children of Richard Pyle Lethaby (d. c.1904), of Barnstaple, and his wife, Mary Rowe Crago (d...

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William Richard Lethaby (1857–1931) by unknown photographer RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Mactavish, John McKenzie (1871–1938), shipwright and educationist, was born in the Scottish fishing village of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, on 18 July 1871, the son of Alexander Mactavish, a carpenter, and his wife, Euphemia McKenzie. He had no formal schooling beyond the elementary level but he did much to educate himself, and even in his early years in ...

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Newsom, Sir John Hubert (1910–1971), educationist, was born in Glasgow on 8 June 1910, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Hubert Nash Newsom and his wife, Dorothy Elliott. His brother died young. His father, having served as an army officer in ...

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Sir John Hubert Newsom (1910–1971) by Walter Bird, 1964 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rosen, Harold (1919–2008), educationist, was born on 25 June 1919 in Brockton, Massachusetts, USA, the only son and third child of Morris (Moshe) Rosen (1878–1950), shoe worker and trade unionist, and his wife, Rose, née Hyams (1882–1956), a disabled garment worker and communist activist. His parents were both Jewish; his father was born in ...

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Sidgwick, Arthur (1840–1920), educationist and classical scholar, was born at Skipton in Yorkshire on 9 April 1840, the fifth of six children of the Revd William Sidgwick (d. 22 May 1841), headmaster of Skipton grammar school, and his wife, Mary (née...

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Stanley, Edward Lyulph, fourth Baron Sheffield, fourth Baron Stanley of Alderley, and third Baron Eddisbury (1839–1925), educationist, was born at Grosvenor Court, London, on 16 May 1839. He was the third son of Edward John Stanley, second Baron Stanley of Alderley (1802–1869), and his wife, ...

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Trevelyan, George Macaulay (1876–1962), historian, public educator, and conservationist, was born on 16 February 1876, at Welcombe, near Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, the youngest of the three sons of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, second baronet (1838–1928), who was a historian, landowner, Liberal MP, and ...

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George Macaulay Trevelyan (1876–1962) by Edmund H. Nelson, 1946 © reserved; The Master and Fellows, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Young, Geoffrey Winthrop (1876–1958), mountaineer and educationist, was born on 25 October 1876 in London, the second son of Sir George Young, third baronet (1837–1930), and his wife, Alice Eacy (1840–1922), daughter of Evory Kennedy, a Dublin physician, and widow of Sir Alexander Hutchinson Lawrence, ...