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About Thomas Attwood – biodata


Wikipedia Thomas Attwood

Born 6 October 1783
Halesowen, Shropshire, England
Died 9 March 1859 (aged 75)
Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England
Occupation Banker, economist, political activist, Member of Parliament


Thomas Attwood (6 October 1783–9 March 1859) was a British economist, the leading figure of the underconsumptionist Birmingham School of economists, and, as the founder of the Birmingham Political Union, a leading figure in the public campaign for the Great Reform Act of 1832.

He was born in Halesowen, and attended Halesowen Grammar School (now Earls High School) before being moved to Wolverhampton Grammar School. He founded the Birmingham Political Union in 1830. This was a political organization campaigning for cities, and large towns such as Birmingham, to be directly represented in Parliament. The Birmingham Political Union was foremost among groups lobbying the government for the passage of the Reform Bill to achieve this aim. After its success he became the first Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham on 12 December 1832, a position he held until 1839.

Attwood worked unceasingly to improve the democratic, economic and financial structures of Britain.

He died in Malvern, Worcestershire.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2013 11:37 am

    Thank you for this lead Nicolas- it led to quite a discovery

  2. December 22, 2013 10:39 pm

    Spectator archive has a letter written by him in 1839 from St Helier, Jersey.

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