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Bage, Robert (1728?–1801), businessman and novelist, was born at Darley, near Derby, on 29 February 1728, according to his lifelong friend William Hutton (W. Hutton, 478), although Bage wrote to Hutton on 11 March 1800 declaring, 'This day I am 70...

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Clarke, William Malpas (1922–2011), financial journalist and business executive, was born on 5 June 1922 at 24 Beauchamp Street, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, the son of Ernest Clarke, machine fitter, and his wife, Florence, née Wright. He was educated at Audenshaw grammar school...

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Geoffrey Crowther, Baron Crowther (1907–1972) by Howard Coster, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crowther, Geoffrey, Baron Crowther (1907–1972), journalist and businessman, was born on 13 May 1907 at Headingley, Leeds, the eldest son of Charles Crowther (1876–1964), lecturer then professor of agricultural chemistry at the University of Leeds, and his wife, Hilda Louise Reed (d...

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Daniel Defoe (1660?–1731) by Michael Vandergucht, pubd 1706 (after Jeremiah Taverner, 1706) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Defoe, Daniel (1660?–1731), writer and businessman, was the youngest of the three children of James Foe (d. 1706), a prosperous tallow chandler in the parish of Cripplegate and a freeman of the City of London, and Alice Foe, who died some time between 1668 and 1671. His sisters, ...

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Dillwyn, (Elizabeth) Amy (1845–1935), novelist and businesswoman, was born at Parc Wern, Sketty, Swansea, on 16 May 1845, the second daughter and third child in the family of three daughters and one son of Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn (1814–1892), an industrialist and Liberal MP for ...

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Freeman, John Frederick (1880–1929), poet and businessman, was born on 29 January 1880 at 5 Pownall Road, Haggerston, London, the eldest son of John Jacob Freeman, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Catherine Esther, née Botham, granddaughter of a captain in a regiment of guards. His father, whose family came from ...

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Greene, Graham Carleton (1936–2016), publisher, businessman, and public servant, was born in Berlin on 10 June 1936, the son of Hugh Carleton Greene (1910–1987), journalist and later director-general of the BBC, and his first wife, Helga Mary, née Guinness (1916–1985...

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Hadfield, William (1806–1887), writer and businessman, was born in Liverpool and married, at Harden, Yorkshire, on 15 August 1833, Martha Wikeley (1804/5–1882). During his youth he travelled extensively in Brazil, the River Plate republics, and the islands of the south Atlantic, including the ...

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Paul Bertrand Wolfgang Hamlyn, Baron Hamlyn (1926–2001) by Lewis Morley, 1960s © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamlyn [formerly Hamburger], Paul Bertrand Wolfgang, Baron Hamlyn (1926–2001), publisher, businessman, and philanthropist, was born Paul Bertrand Wolfgang Hamburger on 12 February 1926 in Berlin, the second son and youngest of the four children of Professor Richard Hamburger (1884–1940), a distinguished Jewish paediatrician, and his wife, ...

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Head, Alice Maud (1886–1981), journalist and businesswoman, was born on 3 May 1886 at 138 High Street, Notting Hill, London, the younger daughter of Frank Dearden Head, a builder, and his wife, Ada Cove, a schoolteacher. After attending school in Acton she was sent to the ...

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Hornby, (Charles Harold) St John (1867–1946), businessman and private printer, was born on 25 June 1867 at Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, the eldest son of the Revd Charles Edward Hornby, then a curate, and his wife, Harriet, daughter of the Revd Henry Turton, vicar of ...

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Moore [née Gobeil], Jane Elizabeth [Jeanne Elizabet] (b. 1738), writer and businesswoman, was born in London on 30 September 1738, the elder of two daughters of Abraam Gobeil (1711–c.1765), leather manufacturer, and his wife, Jeanne Marie (c.1719–1741), eldest daughter of ...

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See Reynolds, Nancie Clifton [real name Agnes Margaret Warden Hardie; married name Reynolds]

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George Murray Smith (1824–1901) by George Frederic Watts unknown collection / © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, George Murray (1824–1901), publisher, businessman, and founder of the Dictionary of National Biography, was born on 19 March 1824 at 135 Fenchurch Street, London, the oldest son and second of the six children of George Smith (1789–1846), stationer and publisher, and his wife, ...

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Sosnow, Eric Charles (1910–1987), journalist and businessman, was born on 18 August 1910 in Kolno, eastern Poland, the second son in the family of three boys and two girls of David Sosnow, a Jewish produce merchant, and his wife, Libby Markewitz. He spent his early years in ...