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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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Baillie, James Evan (1781?–1863), merchant, banker, and politician, was born in Bristol, probably in 1781, into a successful Scottish merchant-planter family that had settled in Bristol in the 1770s. He was baptized at St Augustine-the-Less, Bristol, on 26 June 1782, the third but second surviving son of ...

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Thomas Baring (1799–1873) attrib. George Richmond, 1826 ING Bank, NV (London Branch). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Baring, Thomas (1799–1873), banker and politician, was born on 7 September 1799 at Lee, near Lewisham, Kent, the second of the four sons and five daughters of Sir Thomas Baring (1772–1848), landowner, and his wife, Mary Ursula Sealy, daughter of Charles Sealy, a barrister at ...

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Bartley, Sir George Christopher Trout (1842–1910), banker and politician, was born at Rectory Place, Hackney, on 22 November 1842, the son of Robert Bartley, of the War Office and his second wife, Julia Anna, née Lucas. After early education at Blackheath, at Clapton...

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Carden, Sir Robert Walter, first baronet (1801–1888), banker and politician, was born in London on 7 October 1801, the youngest son of James Carden (1758–1829), a barrister, of Bedford Square, London, and Richmond, Surrey, and his wife, Mary (1765–1830), daughter of John Walter...

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Clayton, Sir Robert (1629–1707), banker and politician, was born on 29 September 1629 at Bulwick, Northamptonshire, one of several children of John Clayton, a joiner, and his wife, Alice Abbott. His family was descended from a long line of copy holders in the manor of ...

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Currie, Raikes (1801–1881), banker and politician, was born on 15 April 1801, the second son of Isaac Currie (1760–1843), a banker of Bush Hill, Enfield, Middlesex, and his wife, Mary Anne (d. 1834), daughter of William Raikes, a prominent East India merchant. The ...

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Curtis, Sir William, first baronet (1752–1829), banker and politician, was born on 25 January 1752, in London, the third of five sons of Joseph Curtis, manufacturer of ship's biscuit at Wapping, who died in 1771, aged fifty-six, and of his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Denison, William Joseph (1770–1849), banker and politician, was born in Prince's Street, Lothbury, London, in May 1770, the only son of Joseph Denison (c. 1726–1806), a cloth merchant and banker of St Mary Axe, London, and Denbies, near Dorking, Surrey, and his wife, ...

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Farquhar [formerly Townsend-Farquhar], Horace Brand, Earl Farquhar (1844–1923), financier and politician, was born at Goldings, near Hertford, on 19 May 1844, the fifth of six sons of Sir Minto Townsend-Farquhar, second baronet (1809–1865), MP for Hertford, and his wife, Erica Mackay, daughter of the ...

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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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Fowler, William (1828–1905), financier and politician, born at Melksham, Wiltshire, on 28 July 1828, was the fourth son of John Fowler (1792–1861) and his wife, Rebecca Hull (1799–1842), daughter of William and Jenny Hull of Uxbridge. His family were zealous members of the ...

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Furnese, Sir Henry, first baronet (1658–1712), politician and financier, was born at Sandwich, Kent, on 30 May 1658, the eldest son of Henry Furnese (d. 1672) of Sandwich and his wife, Anne (d. 1696), the daughter of Andrew Gosfright of Sandwich...

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Glyn, George Grenfell, second Baron Wolverton (1824–1887), politician and banker, was born in London on 10 February 1824, the eldest son of George Carr Glyn. He was educated at Rugby and University College, Oxford, where he matriculated on 26 May 1842. On coming of age he became a partner in the metropolitan banking firm of ...

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George Grenfell Glyn, second Baron Wolverton (1824–1887) by London Stereoscopic Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir James Michael Goldsmith (1933–1997) by Jane Bown © Jane Bown