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Sir John Williams Benn, first baronet (1850–1922) by Sir George Clausen, 1906 Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London

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Benn, Sir John Williams, first baronet (1850–1922), publisher and politician, was born at Hyde, Cheshire, on 13 November 1850, the eldest child of the Revd Julius Benn (1826–1883), Congregational minister, and his wife, Ann Taylor (d. 1890). The family settled in Stepney...

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Adam Black (1784–1874) by unknown engraver, pubd 1885 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Black, Adam (1784–1874), publisher and politician, was born on 20 February 1784 at 7 Charles Street, Edinburgh, the second of the three sons of Charles Black (1755/6–1826), master builder, and his wife, Isabella Nicol (1757/8–1847) of Drygrange Farm near Melrose.

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Brendan Rendall Bracken, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958) by unknown photographer, 1941 © reserved; collection Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bracken, Brendan Rendall, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958), politician and publisher, was born on 15 February 1901 at Church Street, Templemore, co. Tipperary, the second son and third of the four children of Joseph Kevin Bracken (1852–1904), builder and monumental mason, and his second wife, ...

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Butterworth, Joseph (1770–1826), publisher and politician, was born on 12 August 1770 in Coventry, the third son of John Butterworth (1727–1803), Baptist minister, and his second wife, Ann, née Heap (1727/8–1808). He was educated by his father, and then attended Coventry Free School...

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Churchill, Awnsham (1658–1728), bookseller and politician, was born on 2 May 1658 in the parish of St Peter's, Dorchester, Dorset, the son of William Churchill (1628–1706), of Dorchester, who was also a bookseller, and Elizabeth Awnsham (d. 1714). He was apprenticed in 1676 to ...

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Collins, Sir Godfrey Pattison (1875–1936), politician and publisher, was born on 26 June 1875 at 14 Park Grove Terrace, Glasgow, the second of three children of Alexander Glen Collins (1848–1910), printer and publisher, and his wife, Cornelia (1853–1938), daughter of Godfrey Pattison, merchant, of ...

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Nigel Nicolson (1917–2004) by unknown photographer, 1959 Getty Images

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Nicolson, Nigel (1917–2004), politician, publisher, and author, was born on 19 January 1917 at 182 Ebury Street, London, the second son of Sir Harold Nicolson (1886–1968), diplomat, politician, and author, and his wife, Victoria Mary (Vita) Sackville-West (1892–1962), poet, novelist, and gardener. His preparatory school was ...

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