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Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn, second baronet (1875–1954) by Sir William Orpen, 1928 Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Benn, Sir Ernest John Pickstone, second baronet (1875–1954), publisher and libertarian, was born in Ferncliffe Road, Hackney, London, on 25 June 1875, the eldest child of the four sons and two daughters of Sir John Williams Benn, first baronet (1850–1922), publisher and Liberal member of ...

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Sir John Williams Benn, first baronet (1850–1922) by Sir George Clausen, 1906 Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London

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Benn, Sir John Williams, first baronet (1850–1922), publisher and politician, was born at Hyde, Cheshire, on 13 November 1850, the eldest child of the Revd Julius Benn (1826–1883), Congregational minister, and his wife, Ann Taylor (d. 1890). The family settled in Stepney...

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Cassell, John (1817–1865), publisher, was born on 23 January 1817 in the Ring o' Bells inn, Old Churchyard, Manchester, the youngest child of Mark Cassell, landlord of the inn, and his wife, Hannah Slingsby (d. 1865), a farmer's daughter. His father died when ...

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Cottle, Joseph (1770–1853), bookseller and author, was born on 9 March 1770 in Barton Alley, Bristol, second of the seven children of Robert (d. 1800) and Sarah Cottle (1739–1813) from Trowbridge; Amos Simon Cottle was his elder brother. Robert, descended from a Cornish gentry family, was a tailor and draper in ...

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Godkin, Edwin Lawrence (1831–1902), journal editor and publicist, born on 2 October 1831 at his maternal grandmother's house at Moyne, co. Wicklow, was of English descent, the eldest child of James Godkin (1806–1879), Presbyterian minister and journalist with strong Irish nationalist sympathies, and his wife, ...

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Hodder, Matthew Henry (1830?–1911), publisher, was baptized on 5 January 1831 at Providence Independent Chapel, Uxbridge, Middlesex, the fourth among the ten children of Thomas Henry Hodder (b. 1803), a chemist and druggist, and Jane Elizabeth Rayner (bap. 1809). His younger brother, ...

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Stoughton, Thomas Wilberforce (1840–1917), publisher, was born at Windsor, Berkshire, one of the eleven children of the nonconformist theologian John Stoughton DD (1807–1897), and his wife, Mary Vyse, née Cooper (d. 1879), daughter of George Cooper of Windsor. Only Thomas and three of his sisters survived to adulthood. ...

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Tillotson, William Frederic (1844–1889), newspaper proprietor and publisher, was born on 19 March 1844 in Bolton, Lancashire, the grandson of the Revd Samuel Tillotson, superintendent of the Bolton circuit of Primitive Methodists from 1830 to 1836, and the son of John Tillotson (1821–1906)...