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Aveling, Edward Bibbens (1849–1898), Marxist campaigner, was born on 29 November 1849 at 6 Nelson Terrace, Stoke Newington, the fifth of eight children of Thomas William Baxter Aveling (1815–1884), Congregationalist minister, and his wife, Mary Ann (d. 1877), daughter of Thomas Goodall...

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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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Brown, Myra Eleanor Sadd [née Myra Eleanor Sadd] (1872–1938), women's rights activist and internationalist, was born on 3 October 1872 in Maldon, Essex, the tenth of eleven children of John Granger Sadd and Mary Ann Price. The family ran a firm of timber merchants and processors in ...

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Chant [née Dibbin], Laura Ormiston (1848–1923), author and political activist, was born on 9 October 1848 at Woolaston, Gloucestershire, near Chepstow, daughter of Francis William Dibbin, civil engineer, and his wife, Sophia Ormiston. Educated at home, she later became an associate of arts at ...

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Davies, David Richard (1889–1958), writer, political agitator, and minister of religion, was born at Pontycymer, Glamorgan, on 19 February 1889, the son of Richard Davies and his wife, Hannah. He was the youngest of four children. His father had been a miner, but had broken his back in a colliery accident before ...

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(James Clerk) Maxwell Garnett (1880–1958) by Karl Pollak, c. 1948 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Peter Dunsmore (1908–1965), journalist and leader of Moral Re-Armament, was born at 8 Laburnham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, on 20 December 1908, when his forenames were registered as Hereward Peter. He was the elder of two sons of Ebenezer Cecil Howard (1881–1960), a preparatory school teacher who was also a non-practising barrister, and his wife, ...

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Keynes [née Brown], Florence Ada (1861–1958), social and political activist, was born on 10 March 1861 at 76 Elizabeth Street, Cheetham, Manchester, the eldest of the three daughters and three sons of Dr John Brown (1830–1922), Congregationalist minister, and his wife, Ada Haydon, ...

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Thomas Evan Nicholas (1879–1971) by unknown photographer by courtesy of the National Library of Wales

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Nicholas, Thomas Evan [known as Niclas y Glais] (1879–1971), poet and political activist, was born on 6 October 1879 at Y Llety, a smallholding in the parish of Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire, one of the five children of David (Dafydd) Nicholas (1844–1928), a farmer, and his wife, ...

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Rackham [née Tabor], Clara Dorothea (1875–1966), suffragist and political activist, was born at 44 Lansdowne Road, Notting Hill, London, on 3 December 1875, the fifth and youngest child and second daughter of Henry Samuel Tabor, a nervous, pessimistic, and shy member of a Congregationalist and public-spirited farming family long settled in the ...

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Read, James (1777–1852), missionary in Cape Colony and political activist, was born on 3 December 1777, in Abridge, Essex, the son of Joseph and Susannah Read. A carpenter of little education, by early manhood he was a member of the Hackney church of the Anglican evangelical ...