Articles in the category politician

William Johnson Fox

(1786-1864) William Johnson Fox was a religious and political orator, born near Southwold, Suffolk. He was trained for the Independent ministry, at Homerton College (then in London). He later seceded to the Unitarians, and in 1817 Fox became minister of a nonconformist congregation which subsequently went on to become the non-religious South Place Ethical Society. In 1831, Fox bought the journal […]

Benjamin Franklin

(January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) Benjamin Franklin was one of the greatest figures in the American Enlightenment and the struggle for American independence. He was born in Boston and was apprenticed to the printing trade — where he educated himself. He set up his own printing trade after a brief spell in Britain. He […]


Johanna Mary [Hanna] Sheehy-Skeffington, (1877-1946) Francis Sheehy-Skeffington (1878–1916) Owen Lancelot Sheehy-Skeffington (1909-1970) The Sheehy-Skeffingtons – the feminist and Irish nationalist Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, her husband, the pacifist, suffragist and writer, Francis, and their son, Owen, a founder member of the Humanist Association or Ireland – were notable Irish atheists. Hanna and Francis Born into the Roman […]

Stanton Coit

(11 August 1857 – 15 February 1944) Stanton George Coit co-founded the Union of Ethical Societies, which was the forerunner of the present British Humanist Association. Coit was born in Columbus, Ohio. He studied at Amherst College, Massachusetts, 1879, and became an aide of Felix Adler who had founded the Society for Ethical Culture in […]

Viscount Morley

(24 December, 1838 – 23 September, 1923) John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn OM, PC was was Liberal Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne 1883 – 1895 and later Montrose Burghs. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from users so […]

Jawaharlal Nehru

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Clement Attlee

(3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967) Clement Richard Attlee was a British Labour politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951, and as the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. In 2004, he was voted the greatest British Prime Minister of the 20th century […]

Henry Brougham

(19 September 1778 – 17 May 1868) Henry Brougham was a radical thinker and reformer who nevertheless was able to work within the establishment. A young Scottish lawyer The son of Henry and Eleanora Brougham, landowners in Westmorland, he was born in Edinburgh, entered Edinburgh University at the age of 14, and while still a student presented a […]

John M Robertson

(14 November 1856 – 5 January 1933) John Mackinnon Robertson was a journalist, secularist and Member of Parliament. Born on the Isle of Arran. He learnt journalism in Edinburgh but soon settled in London, and worked in the Secularist Movement, editing the National Reformer after the death of Charles Bradlaugh. He was MP for Tyneside […]

Frederick James Gould

(1855 – 1938) Frederick James (F.J.) Gould was an educationalist, councillor, secularist and humanist. Born in Brighton but brought up in London, Gould became a chorister at Windsor, and a religious teacher, but left this comfortable position to teach in the East End of London where he tried to reform religious teaching. He became involved with Charles Watts […]