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John Adams (1735–1826) by Gilbert Stuart, c. 1800–15 Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans, Photograph © 2004 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Adams, John (1735–1826), president of the United States of America, was born on 19 October 1735, in the north parish (in 1792 named Quincy) of Braintree, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, the eldest child of ‘Deacon’ John Adams (1692–1761), a local farmer, shoemaker, and office-holder, and his wife, ...

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Davies, David Richard (1889–1958), writer, political agitator, and minister of religion, was born at Pontycymer, Glamorgan, on 19 February 1889, the son of Richard Davies and his wife, Hannah. He was the youngest of four children. His father had been a miner, but had broken his back in a colliery accident before ...

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William Johnson Fox (1786–1864) by Eliza Florence Bridell, c. 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fox, William Johnson (1786–1864), preacher and politician, was born on 1 March 1786 at Uggeshall Farm, Wrentham, Suffolk, the eldest child of six sons and three daughters of Paul Fox (1753?–1812) and his wife, Mary. Paul Fox farmed a small property for his widowed mother, though he had prudently absented himself for a two-year stay in ...

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Paine, Robert Treat (1731–1814), lawyer and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 11 March 1731 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Paine (d. 1757), merchant and clergyman, and his wife, Eunice Treat, a member of the established and prominent New England...

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Smith, William (1756–1835), politician and dissenter, was born on 22 September 1756 at Clapham, the only son of Samuel Smith (1727–1798) and his wife, Martha Adams (d. 1759). His father was a large wholesale grocer in Cannon Street, and his mother came from an old and wealthy ...

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William Smith (1756–1835) by Henry Thomson, exh. RA 1814 Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

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White, (William) Hale [pseud. Mark Rutherford] (1831–1913), writer and civil servant, was born on 22 December 1831 in High Street, Bedford, the eldest son of William White (1807–1882), radical nonconformist bookseller and pamphleteer, later principal door-keeper of the House of Commons, and his wife, ...

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(William) Hale White (1831–1913) by Arthur Hughes, 1887 Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (Bedford Borough Council), Bedford, England