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Fox, Henry, first Baron Holland of Foxley (1705–1774), politician, was born on 28 September 1705 at Chiswick, the second son of Sir Stephen Fox (1627–1716), financier, and Christian (1679–1719), daughter of the Revd Francis Hope, rector of Haceby, and afterwards of Aswarby, Lincolnshire...

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Henry Fox, first Baron Holland of Foxley (1705–1774) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1763–4 private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Harnett, Cornelius (1723–1781), merchant and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 20 April 1723 in Chowan county, North Carolina, the son of Cornelius (d. 1742), colonial official, planter, and tavern-keeper, and Elizabeth Harnett. With his family Harnett moved in 1726 to ...

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Morris, Robert Hunter (c. 1714–1764), jurist and colonial governor, was born at Morrisania Manor, Westchester county, New York, to Lewis Morris (1671–1746), politician, and Isabella Graham (1673–1752). He obtained a classical education at home from tutors. In 1735 and 1736 he lived in ...

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Thomas Paine (1737–1809) by John Wesley Jarvis, c. 1806–7 Gift of Marian B. Maurice, Photograph © 2004 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Paine, Thomas (1737–1809), author and revolutionary, was born in Thetford, Norfolk, on 29 January 1737, the first of two children of Joseph Pain (1708–1787), stay-maker and tenant farmer, and Frances Cocke (1697–c.1790), daughter of Thomas Cocke, attorney and town clerk of ...

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Henry St John, styled first Viscount Bolingbroke (1678–1751) attrib. Alexis-Simon Belle, 1712? © National Portrait Gallery, London

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St John, Henry, styled first Viscount Bolingbroke (1678–1751), politician, diplomatist, and author, the son of Henry St John, Viscount St John (1652–1742), landowner, and Lady Mary Rich (d. 1678), second daughter of Robert Rich, third earl of Warwick, was born on 16 September 1678, very probably at ...