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Barker, Joseph (1806–1875), Methodist minister and politico-religious controversialist, was born on 11 May 1806 at Bramley, near Leeds. His ancestors, originally of Keighley, had been settled in this area for several generations as farmers and manufacturers. The identity of his parents has not been discovered, though it is known that his father was employed in woollen manufacture and served for some time in the militia, and that ...

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Joseph Barker (1806–1875) by John Cochran, pubd 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooper, Thomas (1805–1892), Chartist and religious lecturer, was born on 20 March 1805 in Leicester, the illegitimate son of a dyer. His mother continued working as a dyer after the early death of Cooper's father, which indicates that the relationship was more than transitory. Living in ...

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William Hone (1780–1842) by William Patten, in or before 1818 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hone, William (1780–1842), political writer and publisher, was born on 3 June 1780 at Bath, the first child of William Hone (1755–1831) and his wife, Frances Maria Stawell (d. 1833).

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Hyde, Douglas Arnold (1911–1996), journalist and political activist, was born on 8 April 1911 at 43 Queen Street, Worthing, Sussex, the son of Gerald Hyde, a pastry cook and confectioner, and his wife, Alice Emily, née Shill, a dressmaker and milliner, who later became a journalist. After living in ...

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Arthur Creech Jones (1891–1964) by Bassano, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jones, Arthur Creech (1891–1964), politician, was born at 11 Arthur Street, Redfield, St George, Bristol, on 15 May 1891, the second of the three sons of Joseph Jones, journeyman lithographic printer, and his wife, Rosina Sweet. Until 1905 he attended Whitehall Boys' School...

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William Lovett (1800–1877) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lovett, William (1800–1877), Chartist and radical, was born in Newlyn, Cornwall, on 8 May 1800, the son of William Lovett, captain of a small trading vessel and a native of Hull, who was drowned before Lovett's birth. His mother, Kezia (née Green) (...

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Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo (1917–1999) by Andrew Wilson, c. 1962 Getty Images – Andrew Wilson

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Nkomo, Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo (1917–1999), politician in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, was born on 19 June 1917 at Tshimale, a mission station in the Semokwe ‘native reserve’, Malobo district, south of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, the third among the eight children of parents who worked for the ...

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Thomas Paine (1737–1809) by John Wesley Jarvis, c. 1806–7 Gift of Marian B. Maurice, Photograph © 2004 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Paine, Thomas (1737–1809), author and revolutionary, was born in Thetford, Norfolk, on 29 January 1737, the first of two children of Joseph Pain (1708–1787), stay-maker and tenant farmer, and Frances Cocke (1697–c.1790), daughter of Thomas Cocke, attorney and town clerk of ...

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Rigby [née Rayner], Edith (1872–1950), suffragette, was born on 18 October 1872 at 1 Pole Street, Preston, Lancashire, the second of seven children of Alexander Clement Rayner (1841/2–1916), surgeon, and his wife, Mary, née Pilkington Sharples (known as Polly). She was educated at ...

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Salter, Alfred (1873–1945), medical practitioner and politician, was born at 23 South Street, Greenwich on 16 June 1873, the son of Walter Hookway Salter and Elizabeth Jester. His father was an administrative officer with the Metropolitan Gas Company. Salter's childhood and adolescence were economically secure; his family's growing prosperity was indicated by a move to ...