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Hawley, John, the elder (c. 1350–1408), pirate, merchant, and administrator, of Dartmouth, Devon, was the younger son of the first John Hawley who settled in Dartmouth some time before 1340. Hawley was elected mayor for the first time in 1374—the beginning of a career which would make him the richest and most important man in ...

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Leman, Sir John (1544–1632), merchant and mayor of London, was born at Saxlingham, Norfolk, a younger son of John Leman of Beccles in Suffolk and the neighbouring Norfolk village of Gillingham, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of John Alston of Pevenham in ...

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Spencer, Sir John (d. 1610), merchant and lord mayor of London, was the son of Richard Spencer of Waldingfield in Suffolk, but details of his family background and early years are not known. There is no record of his London apprenticeship or freedom, but he entered the livery of the ...