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Barham, Joseph Foster (1759–1832), slave owner and politician, was born in London on 1 January 1759, the eldest son of Joseph Foster Barham (1729–1789), and his wife, Dorothea (d. 1781), daughter of Erasmus Vaughan of Trecŵn, Pembrokeshire. The musician and writer Thomas Foster Barham...

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Bischoff, James (bap. 1775, d. 1845), merchant and writer, was baptized on 15 November 1775 at Call Lane Arian Independent chapel, Leeds, the younger son of the six children of George Bischoff (1737–1812), a merchant, and his second wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of ...

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Boyd, Sir John McFarlane (1917–1989), trade unionist and Salvationist, was born on 8 October 1917 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, the only child of James Boyd, butcher, who died in the influenza epidemic of the following year, and his wife, Mary Marshall, who in 1920 married ...

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Bragge, William (1823–1884), civil engineer and steel manufacturer, was born at Birmingham on 31 May 1823, the third son of Thomas Perry Bragge, a manufacturing jeweller. After some years of general tuition, Bragge studied practical engineering with two Birmingham firms, and in his leisure applied himself closely to the study of mechanics and mathematics. In 1845 he entered the office of a civil engineer, and soon after engaged in railway surveying. He acted first as assistant engineer and then as engineer-in-chief of part of the line from ...

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Butler, Tubal Uriah (1897–1977), trade unionist and politician in Trinidad and Tobago, was born on 21 January 1897 in Grenada, the son of a blacksmith. He left school at the age of thirteen. In 1917 he enlisted in the British West Indies regiment...

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Cranston [married name Cochrane], Catherine [Kate] (1849–1934), tea-room proprietor, was born on 27 May 1849 at 39 George Square, Glasgow. Often known as Kate, she was the only daughter and youngest of the three children of George Cranston, hotel-keeper (1817–1899), and his wife, ...

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Crompton, Samuel (1753–1827), inventor of the spinning mule, was born at Firwood Fold, Tonge, near Bolton, Lancashire, on 3 December 1753, the eldest son of George Crompton (1726–1758) and Elizabeth Holt (1725–1799) of nearby Turton. Firwood Farm had been held by Cromptons since Tudor times; ...

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Samuel Crompton (1753–1827) by Samuel William Reynolds senior, pubd 1828 (after Charles Allingham) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Deacon (1822–1876) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deacon, Henry (1822–1876), chemist and manufacturer, was born on 30 July 1822 in London, the elder son of Henry Deacon, merchant, and his wife and cousin, Esther Deacon. The Deacons belonged to the Sandemanian church, whose most famous member, Michael Faraday, took an interest in their son. When he was fourteen ...

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Foley, Alice (1891–1974), trade unionist and autobiographer, was born at 22 Back Shaw Street, Bolton, Lancashire, on 28 November 1891. She was the youngest of six children—two sisters and three brothers—of a 'big, intelligent but unruly' Irish Catholic father, Thomas Foley (c...

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(James) Keir Hardie (1856–1915) by George Charles Beresford, 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hardie, (James) Keir [formerly James Kerr] (1856–1915), founder of the Labour Party, was born in Legbrannock, Lanarkshire, on 15 August 1856. He was the illegitimate son of a farm servant, Mary Kerr, and was named James Kerr. The probable father was William Aitken...

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Hindley, Charles (1796–1857), politician and factory reformer, was born on 25 June 1796 at the Fairfield Moravian Settlement, Droylsden, near Manchester. He was the third son of Ignatius Hindley (1756–1803), a muslin manufacturer in Dukinfield, Cheshire, and his wife, Mary, née Ambler (1762–1801)...

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Horne, Sir William Cornelius Van (1843–1915), railway builder and financier in Canada, was born on 3 February 1843 at Chelsea, Will county, Illinois, USA, the eldest son of Cornelius Covenhoven Van Horne, lawyer, and his second wife, Mary Minier Richards. His father's ancestors had emigrated from the ...

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Horner, Arthur Lewis (1894–1968), trade unionist and communist, was born at Merthyr Tudful, Glamorgan, on 5 April 1894, the eldest son in a family of seventeen children, eleven of whom died at birth or in early childhood. His father, James Horner, was a railwayman from ...

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Arthur Lewis Horner (1894–1968) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London