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William Cobbett

Dates: 1763-1835
Notes:
Cobbett's newspapers were vehicles for his opinions on political reform. Throughout the 1820s, Cobbett tried to inspire political reform among the farmers of rural England, during which time "The Register", priced at 2 pennies per issue, reached a circulation of 44,000. He was taken to court many times, and his life's work "intimately connected with the freedom of the press" (Timperley).
References:
Pages 938-939: Timperley, C.H. Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote, London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842.
Online: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/5734
Occupations: author, publisher

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