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John Bellers

(1654—1725) political economist and cloth merchant


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Bellers was born around 1654, probably in Gloucestershire, and died in London on 8 February 1725. He came from a background of minor gentry, from a Quaker family, and likewise married a Quaker, Frances Fettiplace, through whom he inherited the manor of Coln St Aldwyn's, Gloucestershire. Well to do, he spent much of his life engaged in various forms of philanthropy in both London and the countryside. He visited prisons and urged the reform of the prison system and the improvement of conditions for inmates, and continually urged his fellow Quakers to devote more of their efforts and money to useful causes. Sir Hans Sloane and William Penn were among his friends.

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From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.


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