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Cox, James (c. 1723–1800), jeweller and entrepreneur, was born in London, the son of Henry Cox (c.1691–1746), tailor of Broad Street, and his wife, Frances, née Matthews. He was apprenticed in 1738 to Humphry Pugh, goldsmith of Fleet Street and freeman of the ...


Daniel Defoe (1660?–1731) by Michael Vandergucht, pubd 1706 (after Jeremiah Taverner, 1706) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Defoe, Daniel (1660?–1731), writer and businessman, was the youngest of the three children of James Foe (d. 1706), a prosperous tallow chandler in the parish of Cripplegate and a freeman of the City of London, and Alice Foe, who died some time between 1668 and 1671. His sisters, ...


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Henry, Mitchell (1826–1910), politician and businessman, was born into a nonconformist family at Ardwick Green, Manchester, the younger son of Alexander Henry, Liberal MP for South Lancashire (1847–52), who died on 4 October 1862, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Brush of ...