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Smith, W. H


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A nation‐wide chain of retail outlets of books, newspapers, stationery, computers, recordings, games, and other leisure products. William Henry Smith (1792–1865) was born in London where his widowed mother ran a small newspaper business. W. H. Smith extended it, laying the foundations for growth during the second half of the 19th cent. W. H. Smith's son (also W. H.), who entered politics, was satirized by Gilbert and Sullivan as ‘ruler of the Queen's Navee’ when 1st lord of the Admiralty (1877–80).

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