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Baines, Sir Edward (1800–1890), journalist, politician, and educationist, was born in Leeds on 28 May 1800, the second son of Edward Baines (1774–1848), editor of the Leeds Mercury, and his wife, Charlotte, daughter of Matthew Talbot, a Leeds currier. Matthew Talbot Baines and ...

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Sir (Ernest) Ashley Bramall (1916–1999) by unknown photographer, 1967 Getty Images

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Bramall, Sir (Ernest) Ashley (1916–1999), politician and educationist, was born at 31 Brunswick Road, Hove, on 6 January 1916, the elder of two sons (the younger later became Field Marshal Lord Bramall) of Major Edmund Haselden Bramall (1889–1964) and his wife, Katharine Bridget Westby (1887–1984)...

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Cecil, Hugh Richard Heathcote Gascoyne-, Baron Quickswood (1869–1956), politician and educationist, was born at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, on 14 October 1869, the fifth and youngest son of Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903), and his wife, Georgina Caroline Alderson (...

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Grace Mary Colman (1892–1971) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Colman, Grace Mary (1892–1971), educationist and politician, was born at 7 Dorlcote Road, Wandsworth, London, on 30 April 1892, the daughter of Frederick Selincourt Colman (1857–1917), vicar of Earlsfield and later a canon of Worcester Cathedral, and his wife, Constance Mary Hawkings. Grace's...

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James Chuter Chuter- Ede, Baron Chuter-Ede (1882–1965) by Howard Coster, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ede, James Chuter Chuter-, Baron Chuter-Ede (1882–1965), politician and educationist, was born on 11 September 1882 at Epsom, Surrey, the son of James Ede, a grocer, and his wife, Agnes Mary Chuter. He had one sister. In common with many lower-middle-class shopkeepers in the late Victorian period, ...

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Haldane, Richard Burdon, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928), politician, educationist, and lord chancellor, was born at 17 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, on 30 July 1856. He was the second son (but first surviving infancy) of Robert Haldane (1805–1877), writer to the signet and a Baptist, and his second wife, ...

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Richard Burdon Haldane, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928) by Lafayette, 1906 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Hughes, Herbert Delauney [Billy] (1914–1995), adult educationist and politician, was born on 7 September 1914 at 47 The Mall, Swindon, Wiltshire, the only child of Arthur Percy Hughes, secondary school teacher, and his wife, Maggie Ellen Delauney, former elementary school headteacher. When he was six the family moved to ...

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John, Constance Agatha Cummings- (1918–2000), educationist and politician, was born at Four Roads, Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 7 January 1918, the daughter of Johnnie William Horton (d. 1919), city treasurer of Freetown, and his wife, Regina Elizabeth Awoonor-Wilson. Educated at Freetown Secondary School for Girls...

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Jones, Morgan (1885–1939), educationist and politician, was born on 3 May 1885 at Rhos Cottages, Gelli-gaer, the fifth of seven children of Elias Jones (1853–1917), a collier, and his wife, Sarah Ann Evans (1857–1946), a domestic servant. Welsh-speaking, he was educated at elementary schools at ...

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Macnamara, Thomas James (1861–1931), educationist and politician, was born on 23 August 1861 at the barracks, Montreal, Canada, the son of Thomas Macnamara (d. 1899), soldier, and his wife, Elizabeth Harvey.

Following his father's posting to Exeter in 1869 Macnamara was enrolled first at the city's ...

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Thomas James Macnamara (1861–1931) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Philip Magnus, first baronet (1842–1933) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Magnus, Sir Philip, first baronet (1842–1933), educationist and politician, was born on 7 October 1842 at 160 High Holborn, London, the second of the five children of Jacob Magnus (1805–1888), a tailor and later a wine merchant, and his wife, Caroline Barnett (1808/9–1894)...

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Dame (Elizabeth) Leah Manning (1886–1977) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Manning [née Perrett], Dame (Elizabeth) Leah (1886–1977), educationist and politician, was born on 14 April 1886 at Burrish Street, Droitwich, the eldest of twelve children of Charles William Perrett and his wife, Harriet Margaret Tappin, both officers in the Salvation Army. Her mother had been a teacher and her father worked for a time in the family timber business. After her parents emigrated to ...

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Sir John Arthur Ransome Marriott (1859–1945) by Howard Coster, 1940 © National Portrait Gallery, London