1793 Born at Elberton, Gloucestershire, son of Joseph Sturge (1763–1817), a farmer and grazier, and his wife, Mary Marshall (d. 1819) of Alcester, Warwickshire.
1822 Moved to Birmingham.
In partnership with his brother Charles Sturge (1801–1888), who was associated with him in many of his later philanthropic acts, he created one of the largest grain-importing businesses in Britain.
With other family members he invested in railways and in the new docks at Gloucester.
1831 Devoted himself to philanthropy and public life.
1834 Married Eliza Cropper but she died in 1835
1859 Joseph Sturge, anti-slavery campaigner and Quaker philanthropist, died at his home in Wheeley’s Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham on May 14th 1859