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Bowring, Sir John (1792–1872), politician, diplomatist, and writer, was born on 17 October 1792 at Larkbeare (also known as Great Larkbeare), Holloway Street, Exeter, Devon, the eldest son and second of the nine children of Charles Bowring (1769–1856), a wool merchant, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Bowring (1792–1872) by John King, 1826 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, David Richard (1889–1958), writer, political agitator, and minister of religion, was born at Pontycymer, Glamorgan, on 19 February 1889, the son of Richard Davies and his wife, Hannah. He was the youngest of four children. His father had been a miner, but had broken his back in a colliery accident before ...

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George Dyer (1755–1841) by Elizabeth Cristall, pubd 1795 (after Joshua Cristall) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dyer, George (1755–1841), author and advocate of political reform, was born on 15 March 1755 in east London, the son of John Dyer, a shipwright of Bridewell, London. As a child he attended a charity school, and on 1 July 1762 entered Christ's Hospital...

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Richard Monckton Milnes, first Baron Houghton (1809–1885) by London Stereoscopic Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Milnes, Richard Monckton, first Baron Houghton (1809–1885), author and politician, was born on 19 June 1809, in Bolton Street, Mayfair, Westminster, the only son of Robert Pemberton Milnes. His grandfather Richard Slater Milnes (1759–1804), MP for York 1784–1802, was the elder son of a cloth merchant of ...

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(William) Hale White (1831–1913) by Arthur Hughes, 1887 Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (Bedford Borough Council), Bedford, England

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White, (William) Hale [pseud. Mark Rutherford] (1831–1913), writer and civil servant, was born on 22 December 1831 in High Street, Bedford, the eldest son of William White (1807–1882), radical nonconformist bookseller and pamphleteer, later principal door-keeper of the House of Commons, and his wife, ...