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Josiah Wedgwood II by William Owen.

Josiah Wedgwood II (3 April 1769 – 12 July 1843), the son of the English potter Josiah Wedgwood, continued his father's firm and was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-upon-Trent from 1832 to 1835. He was an abolitionist, and detested slavery.

Josiah and his brother Thomas gave their friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge a life annuity of £150, with the goal of freeing Coleridge from financial worries and the need to support himself by noncreative work, so that he could pursue his literary and philosophical interests. This was offered in January 1798, and accepted by Coleridge, who was then a probationary minister in the Unitarian Church, with the condition he discontinued in the ministry.[1]

In 1807, Wedgwood bought Maer Hall in Staffordshire and his family lived there until his death in 1843.

Wedgwood was responsible for the Wedgwood Company's first bone china wares.

Wedgwood married Elizabeth Allen (1764–1846) and they had four sons and five daughters,[2][3] two of whom married their first cousins, the offspring of Robert Darwin and Susannah Wedgwood:

References and sourcesEdit

  1. ^ Dickins, Gordon (1987). An Illustrated Literary Guide to Shropshire. Shropshire Libraries. p. 19. ISBN 0-903802-37-6.
  2. ^ Wedgwood, Josiah C. (1908). A History of the Wedgwood Family. London: The St. Catherine Press, Ltd. pp. 188–191.
  3. ^ "Descendants of Josiah Wedgwood I". WikiTree. Retrieved 13 December 2016.

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