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Annie Besant (1847–1933) by Hayman Selig Mendelssohn © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Besant [née Wood], Annie (1847–1933), theosophist and politician in India, was born at 2 Fish Street Hill in the City of London on 1 October 1847, the only daughter of William Persse Wood (d. 1852), underwriter, and his wife, Emily Roche Morris (...

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Burrows, Herbert (1845–1922), socialist organizer, was born on 12 June 1845 in Redgrave, Suffolk, the son of Amos Burrows, tailor and Chartist leader, and his wife, Ann, formerly Thompson, a dressmaker. He educated himself using Cassell's shilling handbooks, and became a pupil teacher at the age of thirteen. He then became an ...

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Codd, Clara Margaret (1876–1971), suffragette and theosophist, was born on 10 October 1876 at Pill House, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, north Devon, the eldest of ten children of Henry Frederick Codd (d. 1899) and his wife, Clara Virginia, née Botto (1853–1927). She was educated at home by governesses, and at fifteen rejected Christianity and declared herself an atheist. When she was twenty-three her father, a school inspector, died and the family moved to ...

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Alfred Deakin (1856–1919) by Swiss Studios, 1900 by permission of the National Library of Australia

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Deakin, Alfred (1856–1919), prime minister of Australia, was born on 3 August 1856 at 90 George Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, the younger child of William Deakin (1819–1892), business manager, of Towcester, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Sarah, née Bill (1822–1908), of Llannarth, Cardiganshire. Deakin's parents were married in October 1849 and left ...

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Katharine St John Bruce Glasier (1867–1950) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Glasier, Katharine St John Bruce [née Katharine St John Conway] (1867–1950), socialist and politician, was born on 25 September 1867 in Stoke Newington, London. She was the second of seven children of Samuel Conway, a Congregationalist minister based at Ongar, Essex, and his wife, ...

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Ker, Alice Jane Shannan Stewart (1853–1943), doctor and suffragette, was born on 2 December 1853 at Deskford, Cullen, Banffshire, the eldest child of the Revd William Turnbull Ker (1824–1885), minister of the Free Church of Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Millar, née Stevenson (1826–1900)...

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Marshall, Catherine Elizabeth (1880–1961), suffragist and internationalist, was born on 29 April 1880 at Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, the elder of two children of Francis E. Marshall (1847–1922), mathematics master at Harrow School, and his wife, Caroline, née Colbeck (d. 1927)...

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(Julia Sarah) Anne Cobden- Sanderson (1853–1926) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sanderson, (Julia Sarah) Anne Cobden- (1853–1926), socialist and suffragette, was born on 26 March 1853 at Westbourne Terrace, London, the fifth of the six children of Richard Cobden (1804–1865), radical politician and statesman, and his wife, Catherine Anne (1815–1877), daughter of Hugh Williams...