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Sir Isaac Pitman (1813–1897) by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope [posthumous] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pitman, Sir Isaac (1813–1897), deviser of a system of shorthand writing, was born on 4 January 1813 at 3–4 Timbrell Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, the third of the eleven children of Samuel Pitman (1787–1863), manager of a weaving mill, and his wife, Maria Pitman, ...