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Birch, Sir Joseph, first baronet (1755–1833), politician, was born on 18 June 1755, the first son of Thomas Birch (d. 1782), a merchant at Liverpool. Like his father Birch was a merchant and had diverse commercial interests, ranging from shipowning and brewing to landholding in ...

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

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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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Chamberlain, (Arthur) Neville (1869–1940), prime minister, was born on 18 March 1869 at Edgbaston, Birmingham, the only son of Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914) and his second wife, Florence (1847–1875), the daughter of Timothy Kenrick of Birmingham. His childhood was by all accounts very happy, although the household in which he grew to maturity was affected by profound sadness. His father's first wife, ...

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(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain (1869–1940) by Bassano, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chamberlain, Joseph [Joe] (1836–1914), industrialist and politician, was born on 8 July 1836 at 3 Grove Hill Terrace, Camberwell, Surrey, the first of the nine children of Joseph Chamberlain (1796–1874), cordwainer and metal manufacturer, and his wife, Caroline (1808–1875), daughter of Henry Harben...

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Chamberlain, Sir (Joseph) Austen (1863–1937), politician, was born on 16 October 1863 in Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the second child and only son of Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914), politician, and his first wife, Harriet (1838–1863), daughter of Archibald Kenrick of Berrow Court, Edgbaston. Beatrice Chamberlain (1862–1918)...

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Sir (Joseph) Austen Chamberlain (1863–1937) by H. Walter Barnett © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Sharman Crawford (1781–1861) by John Prescott Knight, exh. RA 1843 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Crawford, William Sharman (1781–1861), politician and landlord in Ireland, was the eldest son of William Sharman (d. 1803), of Moira Castle, co. Down, a protestant landowner, MP for Lisburn (1783–90), and colonel of a union regiment of volunteers. His mother was Arminella...

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James Chuter Chuter- Ede, Baron Chuter-Ede (1882–1965) by Howard Coster, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ede, James Chuter Chuter-, Baron Chuter-Ede (1882–1965), politician and educationist, was born on 11 September 1882 at Epsom, Surrey, the son of James Ede, a grocer, and his wife, Agnes Mary Chuter. He had one sister. In common with many lower-middle-class shopkeepers in the late Victorian period, ...

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Fielden, Joshua (1827–1887), cotton manufacturer and politician, was born on 8 March 1827 at Dawson Weir, Todmorden, Lancashire, the sixth of the seven surviving children of John Fielden (1784–1849) and his first wife, Ann Grindrod (d. 1832), the daughter of a Rochdale...

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William Johnson Fox (1786–1864) by Eliza Florence Bridell, c. 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fox, William Johnson (1786–1864), preacher and politician, was born on 1 March 1786 at Uggeshall Farm, Wrentham, Suffolk, the eldest child of six sons and three daughters of Paul Fox (1753?–1812) and his wife, Mary. Paul Fox farmed a small property for his widowed mother, though he had prudently absented himself for a two-year stay in ...

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Glynn, John (bap. 1722, d. 1779), lawyer and politician, the second son of William Glynn (b. c.1692) of Cardinham, and his wife, Rose, the daughter of John Prideaux of Padstow, both in Cornwall, was baptized at Cardinham on 3 August 1722. He entered ...

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John Glynn (bap. 1722, d. 1779) by unknown engraver, c. 1769 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grayson, (Albert) Victor (b. 1881), politician, generally known as Victor Grayson, was registered as having been born at 8 Taliesin Street, Liverpool on 5 September 1881. His father was given as William Grayson, a carpenter, and his mother as Elizabeth, née Craig (...

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Harvey, Daniel Whittle (1786–1863), politician, newspaper proprietor, and police administrator, was born on 10 June 1786 in Witham, Essex, the son of Matthew Barnard Harvey of Witham, a merchant and banker, and his wife, a daughter of Major John Whittle of Feering House, Kelveden, Essex...