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Joseph Sturge

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Lead plaque from the premises ('Anti-Slavery Depot') of Joseph Sturge in New Street, Honiton, on display in Honiton Museum

Joseph Sturge of Birmingham, philanthropist. Brothers included John Sturge, Charles Sturge and Edmund Sturge

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

1846 Married Hannah Dickinson (1816–1896), daughter of ironmaster, Barnard Dickinson of Coalbrookdale, and grand-daughter of Abraham Darby (1750-1789)

1859 Joseph Sturge, anti-slavery campaigner and Quaker philanthropist, died at his home in Wheeley’s Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham on May 14th 1859

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of Joseph Sturge, ODNB