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Betts, Edward Ladd (1815–1872), railway contractor, was born on 5 June 1815 at Buckland, near Dover, the eldest son of William Betts (d. 1867), contractor's agent, of Sandown, Kent, and his first wife, Elizabeth Hayward, daughter of Edward Ladd of Buckland. Betts...

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Moss, John (1782–1858), banker, railway promoter, and slaveowner, was born in Liverpool on 18 February 1782, the first son of Thomas Moss (1748–1805), a prosperous timber and general merchant and shipowner, and his wife, Betty, née Griffies (1754/5–1838). The family's wealth was partly attributable to the transatlantic trade in, and ownership of, enslaved people; ...

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Peto, Sir (Samuel) Morton, first baronet (1809–1889), contractor for railways and public works, was born on 4 August 1809 at Whitmoor House, Woking, Surrey, the eldest son of William Peto (d. 1849) of Cookham, Berkshire, farmer, and his wife, Sophia, daughter of ...

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Sir (Samuel) Morton Peto, first baronet (1809–1889) by Camille Silvy, 1861 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pole, Sir Felix John Clewett (1877–1956), railway manager and industrialist, was born at Little Bedwyn, Wiltshire, on 1 February 1877, the second son of Edward Robert Pole, the local schoolmaster and an active churchman, and his wife, Emma, the youngest daughter of Charles Clewett...