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Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839), political writer and college head, was born in Westminster on 22 October 1759, the son of Thomas Cooper, who was entitled to bear heraldic arms. He matriculated from University College, Oxford, in February 1779, but did not take a degree; well known in later life as a freethinker, he is said to have refused to sign the ...

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Hobhouse, John Cam, Baron Broughton (1786–1869), politician, was born at Redland, Bristol, on 27 June 1786, the eldest child of Sir Benjamin Hobhouse, first baronet (1757–1831), politician and financier, and his first wife, Charlotte (d. 1791), daughter and heir of Samuel Cam...

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Jebb, John (1736–1786), religious and political reformer, was born on 16 February 1736 at Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London, the eldest son of Dr John Jebb (d. 1787), dean of Cashell, Ireland, and Ann, daughter of Daniel Gansel of Donyland Hall, near ...

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Johnson, Thomas Ryder (1872–1963), trade unionist and politician, was born on 17 May 1872 at 10 South Hunter Street, off Maryland Street, Liverpool, the only child of Thomas Johnson, foreman sailmaker, and his wife, Margaret Boardman. His parents were both English. Although his father was Anglican by upbringing, ...

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Simon, Jocelyn Edward Salis [Jack], Baron Simon of Glaisdale (1911–2006), politician and judge, was born on 15 January 1911 at 51 Belsize Park, Hampstead, London, one of five sons of Frank Cecil Simon, stockbroker, and his wife, Claire Evelyn, née Mamelsdorf. His parents were Unitarians but he later became a practising Anglican. Educated at ...

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Ward [née Arnold], Mary Augusta [known as Mrs Humphry Ward] (1851–1920), novelist, philanthropist, and political lobbyist, born on 11 June 1851 in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, was the eldest child of Thomas Arnold (1823–1900), inspector of schools in Hobart Town...