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Boot [née Rowe], Florence Annie, Lady Trent (1863–1952), businesswoman and benefactor, was born at 5 Grove Place, St Helier, Jersey, on 29 July 1863, the second daughter of William Henry Rowe and his wife, Margaret Agnes, née Campbell, who conducted a flourishing business as booksellers and stationers in ...

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Sir John Harold Clapham (1873–1946) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clapham, Sir John Harold (1873–1946), economic historian, was born at Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, on 13 September 1873, the younger son of John Clapham, jeweller and silversmith, and his second wife, Mary Jane, daughter of John Chambers, accountant, of Manchester. There were two sons and a daughter....

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Edwards, Sir Ronald Stanley (1910–1976), economist, was born on 1 May 1910 in New Southgate, London, the second of three sons (the eldest having died in childhood) of Charles Edwards, a gas fitter, and his wife, Alice Osborne. He was educated at Garfield Road primary school, Southgate...

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Fannin, (Thomas) Alfred (1874–1939), businessman, was born in June 1874 in Dublin, the younger son of two children born to Thomas Eustace Fannin (1835–1888), owner of a medical supplies business, and his wife, Margaret, née Booth (d. 1911). His parents, who were married in 1869, both came from leading ...

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Fauntleroy, Henry (1784–1824), banker and forger, was born on 12 October 1784, probably in London, the third but eldest surviving son (of five sons and two daughters) of William Fauntleroy (1749–1807), and his wife, Elizabeth (1758–1826), daughter of Revel Kerie, planter, of St Kitts, West Indies...

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Foxwell, Herbert Somerton (1849–1936), economist and bibliographer, was born at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, on 17 June 1849. He was the eldest of the four sons of Thomas Somerton Foxwell (1806–1886), of Shepton Mallet, who had a considerable and lucrative business as an ironmonger and later as a slate and timber merchant, and his second wife, ...

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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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Newman, Frederick Edward Fry [Fred] (1916–2012), shipbroker and airline executive, was born on 14 July 1916 at 84 Fillebrook Road, Leytonstone, Essex, the son of Methodist parents, Frank Newman (1872–1953), shipping clerk, later shipbroker, and his wife, Katharine Alice, née Simpson (1884–1964). He was educated at the ...

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Pope, James Colledge (1826–1885), entrepreneur and politician in Canada, was born on 11 June 1826 in Bedeque, Prince Edward Island, the second son of Joseph Pope (1803–1895), a businessman and politician, and his first wife, Lucy Colledge (d. 1828). His father, a native of ...

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Smith, Horatio Nelson (1874–1960), entrepreneur, was born on 1 June 1874 at 34 Ackers Street, Chorlton upon Medlock, Lancashire, the third and last child of George Frederick Smith (1832–1906), paper merchant, and his wife, Lucy Harding. Although his elder brother, Thomas Brooks Smith...

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Thomas Thompson (bap. 1754, d. 1828) by John Russell, in or before 1806 Hull and East Riding Museum / Bridgeman Art Library

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Thompson, Thomas (bap. 1754, d. 1828), banker and philanthropist, was baptized on 9 April 1754 at Swine, Holderness, East Riding of Yorkshire, the second child to survive infancy of Francis Thompson, farmer at Catwick, and his wife, Ann, née Torrington (1725–1777). One elder brother and two younger sisters survived to adulthood. He was educated by the ...

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Watkinson, Harold Arthur, Viscount Watkinson (1910–1995), businessman and politician, was born on 25 January 1910 at Manor Cottage, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, the elder son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Arthur Gill Watkinson, master draper, and later the owner of a light engineering business, and his wife, ...

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Harold Arthur Watkinson, Viscount Watkinson (1910–1995) by Godfrey Argent, 1969 © Godfrey Argent Studios; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Williams, John (1753–1841), mining entrepreneur and banker, was born on 23 September 1753 in Lower Cusgarne, Cornwall, the eldest son of Michael Williams (1730–1775) and his wife, Susanna (1732–1814), granddaughter of John Harris of Higher Cusgarne and his wife, Elizabeth, only daughter of ...