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Besant [née Wood], Annie (1847–1933), theosophist and politician in India  

Anne Taylor

Besant [née Wood], Annie (1847–1933), theosophist and politician in India, was born at 2 Fish Street Hill in the City of London on 1 October 1847, the only daughter of William Persse Wood (d. 1852), underwriter, and his wife, Emily Roche Morris (...

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Besant, Annie (1847–1933)  

Maker: Hayman Selig Mendelssohn

Annie Besant (1847–1933) by Hayman Selig Mendelssohn © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chattopadhyaya, Virendranath [Chatto] (1880–1937), Indian nationalist and communist  

Leonard A. Gordon

Chattopadhyaya, Virendranath [Chatto] (1880–1937), Indian nationalist and communist, was born in Hyderabad in 1880, the eldest son and second child of Aghornath Chattopadhyaya (1851–1915), an educator and scholar, and his wife, Baradasundari, otherwise Varada Devi, a musician and dancer, who raised their extraordinary family in ...

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Dadabhoy, Sir Maneckji Byramji (1865–1953), industrialist and politician in India  

Frederick James

revised by A.-M. Misra

Dadabhoy, Sir Maneckji Byramji (1865–1953), industrialist and politician in India, was born in Bombay on 30 July 1865. He came of a much respected Parsi family, the second son of Khan Bahadur Byramji Dadabhoy JP, registrar of joint stock companies and assurances. He was educated in ...

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Hume, Allan Octavian (1829–1912), administrator in India, founder of the Indian National Congress, and ornithologist  

Edward C. Moulton

Hume, Allan Octavian (1829–1912), administrator in India, founder of the Indian National Congress, and ornithologist, was born on 4 June 1829 at St Mary Cray, Kent, seventh child of Joseph Hume MP (1777–1855) and his wife, Maria Burnley (b. 1786). He grew up in the radical family environment of ...

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Mehta, Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee (1845–1915), politician and Indian nationalist  

Jim Masselos

Mehta, Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee (1845–1915), politician and Indian nationalist, was born on 4 August 1845 in Bombay, the son of Merwanjee Mehta, a successful Parsi merchant. He attended Ayrton's School and, from 1855, Branch School in Bombay. A brilliant student at Elphinstone College...

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Mehta, Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee (1845–1915)  

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Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee Mehta (1845–1915) by unknown photographer, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London