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Andrews, William (1835–1914), industrial designer, entrepreneur, and politician, was born in Coventry on 17 March 1835, the only son of three children of James and Isabella Andrews. His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and small businessman of Coventry. Andrews attended ...

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Shaw, John (1782–1859), entrepreneur and industrialist, was born in Penn, Staffordshire, the son of John Shaw, farmer and maltster, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Edwards. He had a brother and a sister. Little is known of his early life, but by 1800 he had been apprenticed to a ...