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Ansell, Gertrude Mary (1861–1932), suffragette and businesswoman, was born on 2 June 1861 at 1 Vernon Place, Bloomsbury, London, the third child and only daughter of George Frederick Ansell (1826–1880) and his wife, Sarah Cook. Her father, a scientific chemist, had in 1856 been appointed to a clerkship in the ...

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Bentinck, Victor Frederick William Cavendish- [known as Bill Bentinck], ninth duke of Portland (1897–1990), diplomatist and businessman, was born on 18 June 1897 at 16 Mansfield Street, London. He was the younger son and third of the four children of (William George) Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck (1856–1948)...

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Birla, Ghanshyamdas (1894–1983), businessman and politician in India, was born in the small village of Pilani in Rajputana, India, on 10 April 1894, the son of Raja Baldeodas Birla (c.1862–1957) and his wife, Yogeshwari Singhi (c.1863–1963). The Birlas were of the mercantile caste known as the ...

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Carr, (Leonard) Robert, Baron Carr of Hadley (1916–2012), politician and businessman, was born at The Croft, Woodside Avenue, North Finchley, London, on 11 November 1916, the son of Ralph Edward Carr (1881–1972), a businessman whose long-established family firm, John Dale Manufacturing Company, made metal tubes and containers, and his wife, ...

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Cartwright, Sir Richard (1835–1912), businessman and politician in Canada, born in Kingston, Upper Canada, on 4 December 1835, was the son of the Revd Robert David Cartwright (d. 1843) and his wife, Harriet Dobbs (1808–1887). His paternal grandfather, Richard Cartwright (1759–1815), the founder of the Canadian family, was a very wealthy man and one of the Conservative leaders of early ...

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Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader, was born on 30 January 1925 in Creagh, near Bellaghy, County Londonderry, the eldest of three children of (Harold Matthew) Stuart Catherwood (1899–1973), haulier and bus company owner, and his wife ...

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Cockfield, (Francis) Arthur, Baron Cockfield (1916–2007), businessman, politician, and international civil servant, was born on 28 September 1916 at 26 Devonshire Road, Horsham, Sussex, the second son of Charles Francis Cockfield (1890–1916) and his wife, Louisa, née James (1890–1974). He never knew his father, a second lieutenant in the ...

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Engels, Friedrich [Frederick] (1820–1895), businessman and revolutionary leader, was born on 28 November 1820 in Barmen, Westphalia, the son of Friedrich Engels (1796–1860), a textile manufacturer, and Elizabeth, née van Haar (1797–1873), the daughter of a schoolmaster of Dutch origin. Frederick (as he came to be known in ...

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Geddes, Auckland Campbell, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954), politician and businessman, was born in London on 21 June 1879, the second of three sons of Auckland (originally Acland) Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod Anderson (1850–1914). He had four sisters, of whom two survived into adulthood. His siblings included ...

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Geddes, Sir Eric Campbell (1875–1937), politician and businessman, was born at Agra, India, on 26 September 1875, the second of five children of Auckland Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, of Edinburgh and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod (1850–1914), daughter of the Revd Alexander Anderson...

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Horne, Robert Stevenson, Viscount Horne of Slamannan (1871–1940), politician and businessman, was born on 28 February 1871 at Slamannan, Stirlingshire, the youngest son of Robert Stevenson Horne (1830–1887), Church of Scotland minister of the parish of Slamannan, and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Jellicoe, George Patrick John Rushworth, second Earl Jellicoe and Baron Jellicoe of Southampton (1918–2007), army officer, politician, and businessman, was born on 4 November 1918 at Holwell House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the only son of John Rushworth Jellicoe, Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa, later first Earl Jellicoe...

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Law, Andrew Bonar (1858–1923), businessman and prime minister, was born on 16 September 1858 in Kingston, New Brunswick, Canada. His father, the Revd James Law (1822–1882), was an Ulsterman of Scottish descent who served as Presbyterian minister of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Lyttelton, Oliver, first Viscount Chandos (1893–1972), businessman and politician, was born on 15 March 1893, the only son (another died in infancy) and elder child of Alfred Lyttelton (1857–1913), politician, and his second wife, Edith Sophy Lyttelton (1865–1948), daughter of Archibald Balfour. He was educated at ...

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Maclay, John Scott, Viscount Muirshiel (1905–1992), businessman and politician, was born on 26 October 1905 at 13 Park Terrace, Glasgow, the youngest child in the family of five sons and two daughters of Joseph Paton Maclay, first Baron Maclay (1857–1951), shipowner and public servant, and his wife, ...

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Marples, (Alfred) Ernest, Baron Marples (1907–1978), politician and businessman, was born at 45 Dorset Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, on 9 December 1907, the only child of Alfred Ernest Marples, an engine fitter and later foreman engineer, and his wife, Mary Hammond. His grandfather had been head gardener at ...

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Marquis, Frederick James, first earl of Woolton (1883–1964), politician and businessman, was born on 23 August 1883 at 163 West Park Street, Salford, the only child of Thomas Robert Marquis (d. 1944), a saddler, and his wife, Margaret (née Ormerod). They were determined that their son would rise beyond the lower middle classes into which he was born and focused their support and hopes on him. After ...

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Morley, Samuel (1809–1886), businessman, politician, and philanthropist, born in Well Street, Hackney, on 15 October 1809, was the youngest child of John Morley of Sneinton, Nottingham, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Richard Poulton of Maidenhead. The Morley family manufactured hosiery in Nottingham...

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Murray, Alexander William Charles Oliphant, Baron Murray of Elibank (1870–1920), politician and businessman, was born at 2 Albion Villas, Folkestone, Kent, on 12 April 1870, the eldest son in the family of four sons and five daughters of Commander Montolieu Fox Oliphant Murray RN (1840–1927), later ...