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Attwood, Thomas (1783–1856), politician and currency theorist, was born on 6 October 1783 at Hawne House, near Halesowen, Shropshire, the third son and fifth child of Matthias Attwood (1746–1836), banker, and his wife, Ann Adams (1752–1835), the daughter of Thomas Adams of Cakemore...

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Thomas Attwood (1783–1856) by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1832 Birmingham Library Services, on loan to Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Birch, (Evelyn) Nigel Chetwode, Baron Rhyl (1906–1981), economist and politician, was born in London on 18 November 1906, one of two sons (there were no daughters) of General Sir (James Frederick) Noel Birch (1865–1939) GBE KCB KCMG and his wife, Florence Hyacinthe (1876–1938)...

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Evan Frank Mottram Durbin (1906–1948) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Durbin, Evan Frank Mottram (1906–1948), economist and politician, was born at the manse, Westcroft, Bideford, Devon, on 1 March 1906, the son and last child of the Revd Frank Durbin, a Baptist minister in Devon, and his wife, Mary Louisa Mellor, the daughter of ...

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Fawcett, Henry (1833–1884), economist and politician, was born on 26 August 1833 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, the third of four children of William Fawcett (1793–1887), a draper, and his wife, Mary Cooper (d. 1889), the daughter of a local solicitor. Henry's brothers, William...

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Hankey, Thomson (1805–1893), politician and political economist, born at Dalston, Middlesex, on 5 June 1805, was the eldest son of the eight children of Thomson Hankey (bap. 1773, d. 1857) and his wife, Martha, daughter of Benjamin Harrison. He was descended from ...

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Hewins, William Albert Samuel (1865–1931), economist and politician, was born on 11 May 1865 near Wolverhampton, the second son and fourth of the ten children of Samuel Hewins (1833–1899), iron merchant, and his wife, Caroline (d. 1901), daughter of John Green of ...

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William Albert Samuel Hewins (1865–1931) by F. A. Swaine © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Maitland, eighth earl of Lauderdale (1759–1839) by Thomas Phillips, 1806 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Maitland, James, eighth earl of Lauderdale (1759–1839), politician and political economist, was born on 26 January 1759 at Hatton House, Ratho, Edinburghshire. He was the eldest surviving son of the six sons and six daughters of James Maitland, seventh earl of Lauderdale (1718–1789)...

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Hilary Adair Marquand (1901–1972) by Elliott & Fry, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marquand, Hilary Adair (1901–1972), economist and politician, was born on 24 December 1901 at 4 Marlborough Road, Cardiff, the elder son of Alfred Marquand, a clerk in a coal-exporting firm, and his wife, Mary Adair. His grandfather, who had come from Guernsey, and an uncle were shipowners in ...

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Rogers, James Edwin Thorold (1823–1890), political economist and politician, was born in June or July 1823 at West Meon, Hampshire, the eleventh son of George Vining Rogers, a surgeon, and his wife, Mary Anne Blyth. Joseph Rogers, the poor-law medical officer, was his elder brother. He was educated at ...

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Wilson, James (1805–1860), economist and politician, was born on 3 June 1805 at Hawick, Roxburghshire, the fourth son of the fifteen children of William Wilson (1764–1832), woollen manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth Richardson (d. 1815). From 1816 to 1820 he attended a Quaker school at ...

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James Wilson (1805–1860) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1858 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wise, Edward Frank (1885–1933), economist and politician, was born at 13 Albert Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 3 July 1885, the elder son of Edward Wise, a fishmonger, and his wife, Ellen Clayton (née Peel). He was educated at Guildhall feoffment elementary school...