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Bell, Jacob (1810–1859), pharmacist and politician, was born on 5 March 1810 at 338 Oxford Street, London, the eldest surviving son of John Bell (1774–1849), pharmacist, and his wife, Eliza (d. 1839), daughter of Frederick Smith, pharmacist of the Haymarket, London, and his wife, ...

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Bentham, Ethel (1861–1931), physician and politician, was born on 5 January 1861 at 82 King William Street, City of London, one of at least two daughters of William Bentham, an inspector and later general manager of the Standard Life Assurance Company, and his wife, ...

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Collins, Sir William Job (1859–1946), ophthalmic surgeon and politician, was born on 9 May 1859 at 46 Gloucester Road, Regent's Park, London, the eldest of the four children of William Job Collins (1818–1884), surgeon and pharmacist, and his wife, Mary Anne Francisca Treacher (1824–1880)...

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Sir William Job Collins (1859–1946) by James Russell & Sons, pubd 1907–9 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Balthazar Walter Foster, first Baron Ilkeston (1840–1913) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foster, Balthazar Walter, first Baron Ilkeston (1840–1913), physician and politician, was born on 17 July 1840 in Cambridge, the son of Balthazar Foster (1813–1862) of Beaulieu, Hampshire, and his wife, Marian (d. 1898), daughter of J. Green of Cambridge. His parents moved to ...

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Foster, Sir Michael (1836–1907), physiologist and politician, was born in Huntingdon on 8 March 1836, the eldest child of the three sons and seven daughters of Michael Foster (1810–1880) and his wife, Mercy Cooper. Foster was the descendant of a line of nonconformist farmers in ...

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Sir Michael Foster (1836–1907) by John Collier, 1907 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Haliday, Alexander Henry (c. 1728–1802), physician and politician, son of Samuel Haliday (1685–1739), the non-subscribing divine, was born at Belfast. He was educated at Glasgow University as a physician, qualifying MA MD in 1751, and he practised in Belfast, where for many years he was an influential public figure....

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Somerville Hastings (1878–1967) by Rodrigo Moynihan, exh. RA 1946 © reserved; Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London

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Hastings, Somerville (1878–1967), surgeon and politician, was born on 4 March 1878 in Boreham Road, Warminster, Wiltshire, the son of Henry George Hastings (1850?–1905), Congregationalist minister, and his wife, Ellen (née Ward). He was educated at Wycliffe College, and, on a medical scholarship, at ...

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Charles Hill, Baron Hill of Luton (1904–1989) by Elliott & Fry, 1951 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hill, Charles, Baron Hill of Luton (1904–1989), doctor, politician, and broadcaster, was born in Islington, London, on 15 January 1904, the youngest in the family of two sons and a daughter of Charles Hill, maker of pianoforte parts, who died in 1906, and his wife, ...

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Katial, Chuni Lal (1898–1978), physician and politician, was born in the Punjab, India. He graduated MBBS in 1922 from Lahore University, with honours in medicine and surgery, then joined the Indian Medical Service (IMS) and for five years, as a captain in the service attached to the ...

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Charles Lucas (1713–1771) by James Macardell (after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1755) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lucas, Charles (1713–1771), politician and physician, was born on 16 September 1713 in co. Clare, a younger son of Benjamin Lucas (d. c.1727), a gentleman farmer of Ballingaddy, and Mary Blood. His great-grandfather, Lieutenant-Colonel Benjamin Lucas, was a Cromwellian officer who had been granted lands in ...

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Pitt, David Thomas, Baron Pitt of Hampstead (1913–1994), general practitioner and politician, was born on 3 October 1913 in Hampstead, St David's, Grenada, British West Indies, the son of Cyril S. L. Pitt. He was educated at St David's Roman Catholic School, Grenada...

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David Thomas Pitt, Baron Pitt of Hampstead (1913–1994) by unknown photographer, 1975 Getty Images

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Salter, Alfred (1873–1945), medical practitioner and politician, was born at 23 South Street, Greenwich on 16 June 1873, the son of Walter Hookway Salter and Elizabeth Jester. His father was an administrative officer with the Metropolitan Gas Company. Salter's childhood and adolescence were economically secure; his family's growing prosperity was indicated by a move to ...