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Alexander [née Barber], Ann (1774/5–1861), banker and bill broker, was born in Eckington, Derbyshire, the daughter of William and Mary Barber. Little is known about her life until the point when, while working in a Quaker milliner's in the City of London...

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Alexander, George William (1802–1890), banker and philanthropist, was born on 25 April 1802 in Bunhill Row, London, the first of nine children, eight of whom survived to maturity, of William Alexander (1769–1819), bill broker, and his wife, Ann Alexander, née Barber (1774/5–1861), of ...

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Backhouse, Jonathan (1779–1842), banker and financier, was born in Darlington, co. Durham, the eldest son of Jonathan Backhouse (1747–1826), banker, and his wife, Ann (d. 1826), the second daughter of Edward Pease of Darlington. Jonathan senior was the eldest of three sons of ...

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David Barclay (1729–1809) by Houghton © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jacob M. Price

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Barclay, David (1729–1809), banker and brewer, was the younger son of David Barclay (1682–1769), Quaker merchant, and his second wife, Priscilla, daughter of John Freame, banker, of Lombard Street. David and his brother John became partners in their father's linen and merchant house in ...

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Brown, Henton (1697/8–1775), Quaker minister and banker, of unknown parentage, was born in London. He was educated by Friends, and in 1718 he married Sarah, of whom further details are unknown, in an Anglican ceremony, contrary to the beliefs of the society. The couple repented this action and their acknowledgement of wrongdoing was accepted by the society on 20 January 1720. The couple had eleven children, many of whom died in infancy....

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Sir Robert Nicholas Fowler, first baronet (1828–1891) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fowler, Sir Robert Nicholas, first baronet (1828–1891), banker and politician, was born at Bruce Grove, Tottenham, Middlesex, on 12 September 1828, the only child of Thomas Fowler (d. 1851) and his wife, Lucy Waterhouse. His father, a well-connected member of the Society of Friends...

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Freame, John (1665–1745), banker and lobbyist, was probably the second son in the family of at least three children of Robert Freame, a Gloucestershire clothier. In 1681 his father was one of the 'first purchasers' of Pennsylvania and some members of the Quaker ...

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Gibbins family (per. c. 1770–1919), manufacturers and bankers, came to prominence with Joseph Gibbins senior (1756–1811), who became a button maker in Birmingham. As businessmen, Quakers were required to act with scrupulous honesty in all their business dealings and Joseph Gibbins...

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Gurney, Daniel (1791–1880), banker and antiquary, was born on 9 March 1791 at Earlham Hall, near Norwich, the youngest son (in a family of four boys and seven girls) of Quaker parents, John Gurney (1749–1809), banker, of Earlham, Norfolk, and his wife, Catherine Bell (1754–1792)...

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Gurney, Hudson (1775–1864), antiquary and banker, was born in the Old Courthouse, Magdalen Street, Norwich, on 19 January 1775, the only son of Richard Gurney (1742–1811) and his first wife, Agatha Barclay (1753–1776). Both his parents were from Quaker families much involved in banking; his father was chief partner in the ...

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Joseph John Gurney (1788–1847) by Charles Edward Wagstaff (after George Richmond, 1836) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gurney, Joseph John (1788–1847), banker and religious writer, was born on 2 August 1788 at Earlham Hall, Norwich, the eleventh of the twelve children of John Gurney (1749–1809) and Catherine Gurney, née Bell (1754–1792). The Gurneys, Quakers from the mid-seventeenth century, had developed a substantial wool-stapling business and were known for their social concern, evinced, for instance, in ...

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Gurney, Samuel (1786–1856), banker and philanthropist, was born at Earlham Hall, near Norwich, on 18 October 1786, the second son of John Gurney (1749–1809), Quaker banker, of Norwich, and his wife, Catherine (1754–1792), daughter of John Bell, merchant, of London. He was the brother of ...

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Gurney, Samuel (1816–1882), philanthropist and banker, was born on 3 February 1816, at Upton, Essex, the second of three sons of Samuel Gurney (1786–1856), Quaker philanthropist and discount banker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Sheppard (d. 1855). He had six sisters.

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