Thomas Evans

(c. 1763—1826) insurrectionist

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Nothing is known of the early life of Thomas Evans. He first Rose to prominence as a very active member of the radical London Corresponding Society in the mid-1790s, and for nearly thirty years he was a leading advocate of reform, particularly as the disciple of Thomas spence. He was at different times a baker, a colourer of bawdy prints, a bookseller, a manufacturer of patent braces and spiral steel springs, the owner of a coffee house and then of a dissenting chapel where he charged fees for political lectures and debates. Always struggling financially, but determined to maintain his wife and son in reasonable circumstances, he moved in both constitutional reform and ultra-radical circles in London. Francis place – with whom he had serious disputes – described him as ignorant, conceited and remarkably obstinate, but others described him as clever and energetic. He was certainly a man of some courage and resilience.


From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

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