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Lovett, William

Chartist, born on 8 May 1800 in Newlyn, near Penzance and brought up by his mother as a strict Methodist. He was for a time a BC local preacher, but later became a free thinker. In 1821 he moved to London to find work and there became active in the Owenite co-operative movement. In 1836 he became secretary of the London Working Men's Association, which aimed to achieve equal political and social rights. Helped by Daniel O'Connell and a few radical MPs, the Association drew up the 'People's Charter', which was published in 1838, and Lovett became secretary. After opposing a police attack on a peaceful crowd in Birmingham in 1840, he was committed to prison, where he wrote Chartism or a New Organisation of the People (1841). He was active in the Anti-Slavery League and ended his days as a teacher of anatomy. He died in London on 8 August 1877.

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