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Richard Rathbone (2 December 1788 - 10 November 1860) was a member of the noted Rathbone family of Liverpool in England. He was the second son of William Rathbone IV. Richard was a commission merchant, setting up in partnership with his brother, William Rathbone V in 1809.

Richard Rathbone
Richard Rathbone 1840.jpg
in 1840 in the crowd at the conference
Born(1788-12-02)2 December 1788
Died10 November 1860(1860-11-10) (aged 71)
Known forAbolitionism

He retired in 1835. As a committed opponent of the slave trade, he published in 1836 Letter to the President of the Liverpool Anti-Slavery Society.

Rathbone attended the 1840 anti-slavery convention in London and he was included in the painting which is now in the National Portrait Gallery in London.[1]

On 8 April 1817 Rathbone married his half-cousin Hannah Mary (5 July 1798-26 March 1878), daughter of Joseph Reynolds of Ketley, Shropshire, and granddaughter of Richard Reynolds. They had six children:

  • Hannah Mary (1818-1853)
  • Richard Reynolds (1820-1898)
  • Margaret (b. 1821 later Dixon)
  • William Benson (1826-1892)
  • Basil (1824-1853)
  • Emily (1838-1907, later Greg)