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Firth, Joseph Firth Bottomley [formerly Joseph Firth Bottomley] (1842–1889), politician and municipal reformer, was born Joseph Firth Bottomley at Dobroyd, Shepley, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, on 21 February 1842, the eldest son of Joseph Bottomley, woollen manufacturer and merchant, and his wife, Ann, ...

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Ford, Isabella Ormston (1855–1924), socialist propagandist and suffragist, was born on 23 May 1855 at St John's Hill, Clarendon Road, Headingley, Leeds, the eighth and youngest child of Robert Lawson Ford (1809–1878), solicitor and landowner, and his wife, Hannah (1814–1886), the daughter of ...

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Knight, Elizabeth (1869–1933), doctor and campaigner for women's suffrage, was born on 31 August 1869 at Hive House, Northfleet, Kent, the third child and only daughter of John Messer Knight (1813/14–1880), a cement manufacturer, and his wife, Hannah, née Lucas. The family was Quaker; the firm of ...

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Lucas, Margaret Bright (1818–1890), temperance activist and suffragist, was born on 14 July 1818 at Rochdale, Lancashire, the youngest daughter of Jacob Bright (1775–1851), cotton mill proprietor, and his second wife, Martha, née Wood (d. 1830). Several of her ten siblings, notably ...

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Macdonald, Agnes Syme (1882–1966), suffragette and campaigner for women's citizenship, was born on 8 September 1882 at 23 Dublin Street, Edinburgh, the fifth child and only daughter of the six children of Alexander Macdonald and his wife, Euphemia Henderson. Alexander Macdonald, from Kiltarlity, Inverness...

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Nichol, Elizabeth Pease [née Elizabeth Pease] (1807–1897), slavery abolitionist and radical, was born on 5 January 1807 in Darlington, the second of the two children of Joseph Pease (1772–1846), wool manufacturer, and his first wife, Elizabeth (1779–1824), daughter of John Beaumont, chemist, of ...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

revised by J.-M. Alter

Rickman, Thomas Clio (1761–1834), bookseller and reformer, was born on 27 July 1761 at The Cliffe, Lewes, the son of John Rickman and his wife, Elizabeth, née Peters. Both parents were Quakers and intended their son to enter the medical profession. Accordingly he was apprenticed to an uncle who practised as a doctor in ...

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Sturge, Emily (1847–1892), campaigner for women's education and suffrage, was born on 20 April 1847 at Highbury Villa, Cotham New Road, Cotham, Bristol, the eldest of the eleven children of William Sturge (1820–1905) and his wife, Charlotte Allen Sturge (1817–1891). Four of her sisters were also involved to a greater and lesser extent in the movement for women's education. The ...

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Emily Sturge (1847–1892) by unknown photographer The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University

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Albert Nicholson

revised by Eileen Groth Lyon

Vincent, Henry (1813–1878), radical, was the eldest son of Thomas Vincent (d. 1829), a gold- and silversmith. He was born on 10 May 1813 at 145 High Holborn, London. When the family business failed in 1821, the Vincents moved to Hull. Henry...

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Henry Vincent (1813–1878) by Henry John Whitlock © National Portrait Gallery, London