Famous British Social Reformers

Has the society always been the same that we see today? Of course not, it has evolved and underwent many gradual changes through various reform and revolutionary movements. And much of that has been brought about by social reformers who work to make the society a better place to live in. Thanks to their constant campaigning for a better life, we have free trade, improved public sanitation, better educational system, reform of the poor laws, electoral changes and so on. Just like every other country in the world, Britain faced with numerous issues and societal mayhems. However, there were numerous British reformers who not just braved to question the authorities regarding the malpractices and injustice prevalent in the society but fought against the same to establish basic human rights. It is to these national heroes that British today enjoy the societal bliss of equality, high standard of living and equal powers. Much of the same was brought about during the Victorian age which is rightly called the age of reform. Constitutional, economic, political, social reform bills were passed that brought about changes in the structure and processes of the society. With this segment, find out more about the British social reformers, their life and their struggle for reformation and transformation.

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 1 Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale
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Famous As: Founder of Modern Nursing
Birthdate: May 12, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: August 13, 1910
The Lady with the Lamp Florence Nightingale is remembered for her relentless efforts in nursing soldiers during the Crimean War. She founded London’s St Thomas' Hospital to train nurses. She also pioneered the use of the polar area diagram and was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society.

 2 William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: August 24, 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: July 29, 1833
William Wilberforce, an independent MP from Yorkshire, was a champion for the British anti-slavery movement and made a significant contribution to the passage of the 1807 Slave Trade Act and the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act. He supported missionaries in India, founded the Church Mission Society, and was against animal cruelty.
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 3 James Oglethorpe

James Oglethorpe
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Famous As: Founder of the colony of Georgia
Birthdate: December 22, 1696
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 30, 1785

 4 George Lansbury

George Lansbury
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: February 21, 1859
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: May 7, 1940

 5 Charles Freer Andrews

Charles Freer Andrews
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: February 12, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 5, 1940

 6 William Beveridge

William Beveridge
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: March 16, 1963

 7 Aungier Pakenham, 7th earl of Longford

Aungier Pakenham, 7th earl of Longford
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Famous As: British politician
Birthdate: December 5, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: August 3, 2001
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 8 Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 28, 1801
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: October 1, 1885

 9 Josephine Butler

Josephine Butler
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Famous As: Social Worker
Birthdate: April 13, 1828
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: December 30, 1906

 10 Edwin Chadwick

Edwin Chadwick
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Famous As: Public servant
Birthdate: January 24, 1800
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: July 6, 1890

 11 Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 23, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: April 16, 1904

 12 Granville Sharp

Granville Sharp
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: November 10, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: July 6, 1813

 13 Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington

Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: August 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: January 14, 2002

 14 Caroline Norton

Caroline Norton
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 22, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: June 15, 1877

 15 Gerrard Winstanley

Gerrard Winstanley
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Famous As: Religious Reformer
Birthdate: October 19, 1609
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: September 10, 1676

 16 Octavia Hill

Octavia Hill
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: December 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: August 13, 1912

 17 Charles Booth

Charles Booth
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: March 30, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: November 23, 1916

 18 Rowland Hill

Rowland Hill
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: December 3, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: August 27, 1879

 19 Samuel Plimsoll

Samuel Plimsoll
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 10, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 3, 1898

 20 Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield

Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 13, 1859
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: October 13, 1947

 21 Elizabeth Montagu

Elizabeth Montagu
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Famous As: Critic
Birthdate: October 2, 1718
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: August 25, 1800

 22 John Fielding

John Fielding
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Famous As: Magistrate
Birthdate: September 16, 1721
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: September 4, 1780

 23 Mary Carpenter

Mary Carpenter
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Famous As: Educational and Social Reformer
Birthdate: April 3, 1807
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: June 14, 1877

 24 Fowell Buxton

Fowell Buxton
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 1, 1786
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 19, 1845

 25 Richard Oastler

Richard Oastler
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: December 20, 1789
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: August 22, 1861

 26 Francis Place

Francis Place
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: November 3, 1771
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: January 1, 1854

 27 Horace Plunkett

Horace Plunkett
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 24, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: March 26, 1932

 28 Samuel Bamford

Samuel Bamford
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 28, 1788
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: April 13, 1872

 29 Samuel Romilly

Samuel Romilly
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 1, 1757
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: November 2, 1818

 30 John Cartwright

John Cartwright
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Famous As: British politician
Birthdate: September 17, 1740
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: September 23, 1824

 31 Samuel Barnett

Samuel Barnett
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Famous As: Canon
Birthdate: February 8, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 17, 1913

 32 George Henry Evans

George Henry Evans
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Famous As: Reformer
Birthdate: March 25, 1805
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 2, 1856

 33 Beatrice Webb

Beatrice Webb
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: January 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 30, 1943

 34 Frederick William Sanderson

Frederick William Sanderson
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: May 13, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: June 15, 1922

 35 John Jebb

John Jebb
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Famous As: Reformer
Birthdate: February 16, 1736
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 2, 1786

 36 Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 20, 1822
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: March 22, 1896

 37 Seebohm Rowntree

Seebohm Rowntree
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: July 7, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: October 7, 1954