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Monson, Sir John, second baronet (1599–1683), politician and financier of fen drainage, was born in St Sepulchre, London, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Monson, first baronet (1563/4–1641), of South Carlton in Lincolnshire, and his wife, Margaret (1569–1630), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson...

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Samuel Morley (1809–1886) by Lock & Whitfield, pubd 1882 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Morley, Samuel (1809–1886), businessman, politician, and philanthropist, born in Well Street, Hackney, on 15 October 1809, was the youngest child of John Morley of Sneinton, Nottingham, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Richard Poulton of Maidenhead. The Morley family manufactured hosiery in Nottingham...

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Morrison, Walter (1836–1921), businessman, politician, and benefactor, was born in London on 21 May 1836, the fifth son of James Morrison (1789–1857), of the firm of Morrison, Dillon, & Co., and his wife, Mary (d. 1887), daughter of John Todd, of the same firm. ...

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Pike, (Irene) Mervyn Parnicott, Baroness Pike (1918–2004), businesswoman, politician, and voluntary worker, was born at Highmere, Whitwood Mere, Whitwood, Castleford, Yorkshire, on 16 September 1918, the second child and only daughter of Ivan Samuel Pike (1867–1934), managing director of Clokie and Co., a pottery works, and his wife, ...

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Smith, Sir John Lindsay Eric (1923–2007), banker, politician, and philanthropist, was born on 3 April 1923 at 83 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, the eldest of three sons and second of four children of (Evan Cadogan) Eric Smith (1894–1950), a captain in the 9th lancers...

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Stewart, Sir Halley (1838–1937), businessman, benefactor, and politician, was born at Barnet in Hertfordshire on 18 January 1838, the tenth child and fifth son of Alexander Stewart, Congregational minister, of Barnet, and his wife, Ann Kezia, née White. Like his brothers before him, he went to his father's school at ...