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Assheton, Ralph, first Baron Clitheroe (1901–1984), politician and businessman, was born at Downham Hall, Clitheroe, on 24 February 1901, the second of four children and only son of Sir Ralph Cockayne Assheton, first baronet (1860–1955), of Downham Hall, and his wife, Mildred Estelle Sybella (...

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Batchelor, John (1820–1883), politician and businessman, was born on 10 April in Newport, Monmouthshire, the second son among the twelve children of Benjamin Batchelor, a timber merchant and shipbuilder. He was educated locally in a private school before being apprenticed to his father. He subsequently visited shipyards in ...

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Bessell, Peter Joseph (1921–1985), politician and businessman, was born on 24 August 1921 at Elm Bank Nursing Home, Bath, the only son of Joseph Edgar Bessell, tailor, and his wife, Olive Simons Hawkins. His parents divorced in 1926 and Bessell was brought up by his father. Educated at ...

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Bignold, Sir Samuel (1791–1875), businessman and politician, was born on 13 October 1791, the third son in the family of three sons and three daughters of Thomas Bignold (1761–1835), businessman, and his wife, Sarah (1752–1821), widow of Julius Long and daughter of Samuel Cocksedge...

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Bowater, Sir Thomas Vansittart, first baronet (1862–1938), businessman and politician, was born on 20 October 1862 at Cheetham Hill, Manchester, the eldest child in the family of seven sons and two daughters of William Vansittart Bowater (1838–1907), paper merchant and agent, and his wife, ...

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Bullock, Sir Christopher Llewellyn (1891–1972), public servant and businessman, was born on 10 November 1891 at Whiston, Northamptonshire, the second child and second son in the family of seven children (one of whom died at birth) of the Revd Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock (1866–1936)...

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Cartwright, Sir Richard (1835–1912), businessman and politician in Canada, born in Kingston, Upper Canada, on 4 December 1835, was the son of the Revd Robert David Cartwright (d. 1843) and his wife, Harriet Dobbs (1808–1887). His paternal grandfather, Richard Cartwright (1759–1815), the founder of the Canadian family, was a very wealthy man and one of the Conservative leaders of early ...

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Sir Richard Cartwright (1835–1912) by unknown photographer, 1881 National Archives of Canada / PA-025546

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Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader, was born on 30 January 1925 in Creagh, near Bellaghy, County Londonderry, the eldest of three children of (Harold Matthew) Stuart Catherwood (1899–1973), haulier and bus company owner, and his wife ...

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Coates, Sir William Henry (1882–1963), civil servant and businessman, was born on 31 May 1882 at Runcorn, Cheshire, the second son of T. Mallalieu Coates, a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and his wife, Esther, née Tough. Coates, who was known to his close colleagues as ...

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Colton, Sir John (1823–1902), businessman and politician in Australia, one of the five sons of William Colton (1795–1858), a Devon farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, was born at Harbertonford, Devon, on 23 September 1823. When he was sixteen his family obtained free passage to ...

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Cookman, George (bap. 1774, d. 1856), businessman, lay preacher, and radical politician, was baptized on 20 January 1774 in the church of St Peter in the village of Owthorne, on the east Yorkshire coast, the son of Grimston Cookman, yeoman, and his wife, ...

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Davies, Theophilus Harris (1834–1898), businessman and consul, was born on 4 January 1834 in Coalbournbrook, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, the second of the five children of the Revd Theophilus Davies (c.1798–1879?), a Welsh Congregational minister, and his wife, Mary Ann (c.1798–1849?)...

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Donaldson, Sir Stuart Alexander (1812–1867), businessman and politician in Australia, was born on 16 December 1812, the third son of Stuart Donaldson (d. 1849), a London merchant born in Haddington, Scotland, and his wife, Betsy, the daughter of John Crundall of Snab Green, Lancashire...

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Douglas, James Green (1887–1954), Irish senator and businessman, was born in Dublin on 11 July 1887, the first son and the first of nine children of John Douglas (1861–1931), originally of Grange, co. Tyrone, who owned an outfitter's and drapery business at 17–19a Wexford Street, Dublin...

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Eccles, David McAdam, first Viscount Eccles (1904–1999), businessman and politician, was born on 18 September 1904 at 124 Harley Street, London, the third of four sons and the fourth of five children of William McAdam Eccles (1867–1946), surgeon, and his wife, Anna Coralie Anstie (1870–1930)...

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Engels, Friedrich [Frederick] (1820–1895), businessman and revolutionary leader, was born on 28 November 1820 in Barmen, Westphalia, the son of Friedrich Engels (1796–1860), a textile manufacturer, and Elizabeth, née van Haar (1797–1873), the daughter of a schoolmaster of Dutch origin. Frederick (as he came to be known in ...