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Joshua Scholefield

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Joshua Scholefield (1774/5–4 July 1844) was a British businessman and Radical politician. He was elected as one of Birmingham's two members of parliament when the town was enfranchised in 1832.

Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, by 1800 he had established himself as an iron manufacturer, merchant and banker at Birmingham. He subsequently became a director of the National Provincial Bank, the London Joint Stock Bank and the Metropolitan Assurance Company.

He married three times. His first wife, whom he married at St Phillip's, Birmingham, on 7 July 1804, was Mary Cotterill, the second daughter of Clement Cotterill, of Birmingham. Their younger son, William Scholefield (1809–1867), was to become the city's first mayor. The family lived in a house in Old Square, but Scholefield later moved to Edgbaston.

Following the death of his first wife he married her sister, the youngest daughter of Clement Cotterill, in 1824.

In 1835 he married his third wife, Mary Anne Swaine, daughter of Thomas Rose Swaine of Highgate.

On 24 June 1844 he became ill, apparently with a stroke, and died on 4 July at his residence in Birmingham, aged 69. He was buried in Edgbaston churchyard.


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