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Atkins, Samuel Elliott (1807–1898) (1765/6-1855), chronometer maker and politician, was born on 13 April 1807 at Clement's Lane, off Lombard Street in the City of London, the son of George Atkins, chronometer maker, and his wife, Theodosia Mary née...

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Brownhill, Rowland William (1834–1895), engineer and local politician, was born in Tipton, Staffordshire, the second of seven sons in a family of ten; his parents, William Brownhill (b. 1789), iron founder, and his wife, Elizabeth, were nonconformists. Brownhill's education and early training are obscure, but he married on 30 October 1860 and with his wife, ...

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Cleland, James (1770–1840), statistician and civic administrator, was born in Glasgow on 28 January 1770 and spent his early career as a cabinet-maker in his father's firm. He was educated at the high school in Glasgow, and completed his training in London in the late 1780s. In 1791 he returned to ...

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Cox, Arthur Hawker (1813–1903), manufacturing chemist and local politician, was born in the Haymarket, London, in November 1813, one of a family of ten children born to Edward Treslove Cox and his wife, Sarah, née Homersham. His father, a native of Northampton, was a cabinet-maker. Little is known of the family except that one brother, ...

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Gulati, (Harbans) Lall (1895/6–1967), general practitioner, ophthalmologist, and local politician, was born in Sherpur, near Lahore, Punjab, India, the son of Dola Ram Gulati. His date of birth is not known for certain but is thought to be 1 July of either 1895 or 1896. He was the tenth of eleven children and had nine older brothers and one younger sister. He was raised as a Hindu....

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Ramsden, Sir James (1822–1896), civil engineer and civic leader, was probably born on 25 February 1822, at Bolton, Lancashire, and was baptized there on 31 March 1822, one of several children of William Ramsden (d. 1840) and his wife, Jane Grandage. His father, a millwright and afterwards described as an engineer, subsequently moved to ...

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Webb, Francis William (1836–1906), civil engineer and local politician, was born at Tixall rectory, Staffordshire, on 21 May 1836, the second son of William Webb (1806/7–1883), rector of Tixall and his wife, Maria (1806/7–1881). He had three brothers (two of whom became Anglican clergymen) and a sister. Like them he was educated at home by his father. Showing a liking for mechanical pursuits from an early age, he became at fifteen a pupil of ...