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Acherley, Roger (bap. 1662?, d. 1740), political writer and lawyer, was the son of John Acherley of Stanwardine, in the parish of Baschurch, Shropshire; he may have been Roger Atcherley, son of John and Mary Atcherley, who was baptized at Baschurch on 23 December 1662. He entered the ...

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Annesley, Alexander (d. 1813), legal writer and political commentator, was a London solicitor and member of the Inner Temple. After many years' practice, by which he acquired a large fortune, he retired to Hyde Hall, Hertfordshire. Annesley—a man of many accomplishments—paid repeated visits to the continent and was an enthusiastic sportsman. In later life, though afflicted with gout, it was said that he '...

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Atwood, William (d. 1712), lawyer and writer on politics, son of John Atwood, of Broomfield, Essex, was admitted as a pensioner at Queens' College, Cambridge, on 23 March 1669. He was admitted at the Inner Temple on 2 December 1669 and at Gray's Inn...

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George C. McElroy and Elizabeth R. Lambert

Burke, Richard (1733–1794), political writer and lawyer, was born in Dublin on 18 December 1733, the sixth of the eleven children of Richard Burke (d. 1761), attorney, and his wife, Mary, née Nagle (c.1702–1770), daughter of Garrett Nagle. Both his parents were Irish. Among his elder brothers was the politician and writer ...

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Dawes, Manasseh (d. 1829), barrister and writer on political and legal subjects, was admitted to the Inner Temple on 30 May 1776, when he was described as 'of Chapel Street in the Parish of St George Hanover Square, gent' (admission register, Inner Temple...

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Garbrand, John (b. 1646/7), political writer and barrister, was born at Abingdon, Berkshire, the son of Tobias Garbrand (d. 1689), physician and college head, and Susanna Garbrand (d. 1688). His father, a puritan, was principal under the parliamentary regime from 1648 to 1660. On the restoration of ...

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Hunt, Thomas (1626/7–1688), lawyer and whig polemicist, was born in Austin Friars, London, the son of Richard Hunt, citizen and mercer of London, and his wife, Mary Gascoyne, daughter of William Gascoyne of Cleveland, Yorkshire. He was admitted a pensioner at Queens' College, Cambridge...

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William Brooke Joyce [Lord Haw-Haw] (1906–1946) by unknown photographer, c. 1942 Getty Images

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Joyce, William Brooke [known as Lord Haw-Haw] (1906–1946), fascist and propaganda broadcaster, was born on 24 April 1906 at 1377 Herkimer Street, Brooklyn, New York, USA, the first of three sons of Michael Francis Joyce (1869/70–1941), builder and contractor, originally of co. Mayo, Ireland...

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Lauder, Sir John, second baronet, Lord Fountainhall (1646–1722), judge and political commentator, was born at Edinburgh on 2 August 1646, the eldest son of Sir John Lauder (1595–1692), an Edinburgh merchant and bailie who was raised to the Nova Scotia baronetcy in 1688, and his second wife, ...

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Leone Levi (1821–1888) by Elliott & Fry, 1873 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Levi, Leone (1821–1888), jurist, political economist, and statistician, was born on 6 June 1821 in Ancona, later part of the kingdom of Italy. He came from a middle-class Jewish family. His father, Isaac, and his elder brother were both merchants. Leone received a practical, commercial education and began working for his brother at the age of fifteen. He travelled to ...

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William Livingston (1723–1790) by John Wollaston Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc.; © Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York City

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Livingston, William [pseud. the American Whig] (1723–1790), lawyer, political writer, and colonial governor, was born in Albany, New York, on 30 November 1723. He was the son of Catherine Van Brugh (1689–1756) and Philip Livingston (1686–1749), second lord of the Livingston Manor...

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Manley, Thomas (c. 1628–1676), legal and political writer, was the son of Thomas Manley (d. 1656) of Westminster, clerk of the kitchen in the household of Charles I, and his wife, Cassandra Button (d. 1633), daughter of Henry Lyde, and can probably be identified with the author of certain juvenilia published about 1650, in which case he was born about 1628. He may have been the ...

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Petyt [Petit], William (1640/41–1707), lawyer and political propagandist, was born at Storiths, near Bolton Abbey, Skipton in Craven, Yorkshire, the son of William Petyt, a landowner and lawyer of Bolton Abbey and Barnard's Inn. He was educated at Skipton School and, according to the college's records, matriculated from ...

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Wakefield, Daniel (1776–1846), barrister and writer on political economy, was born at Clements Court, Milk Street, in the City of London, on 23 October 1776, the youngest of three children in the family of Edward Wakefield (1750–1826), merchant, and his wife, the writer ...

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West, Sir Edward (bap. 1782, d. 1828), judge and political economist, was baptized on 5 April 1782 at St Marylebone, Middlesex, the son of John Balchen West (1745-1793), the receiver-general for Hertfordshire, and his wife, Mary née Folkes (1736-1813). His parents died early in his life, and he was brought up by his uncle ...

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Wight, Alexander (d. 1793), advocate and writer on election law, was the son of David Wight, writer, of Edinburgh. Wight attended the University of Edinburgh between 1745 and 1748. He was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates on 6 March 1754 and in time established himself as a leading counsel. In 1773 he published, with a dedication to ...