Anthony Ashley-Cooper

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Anthony Ashley-Cooper

  • Birth 28 Apr 1801
  • Death 1 Oct 1885
  • Burial Wimborne St Giles, North Dorset District, Dorset, England
  • Memorial ID 14982971

Philanthropist Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, KG. concerned himself with the reform of the lunacy laws, protection of colliery workers and chimney-sweeps, the reclamation of juvenile offenders, and better housing for the poor.

The eldest son of the 6th Earl of Shaftesbury, he was born in London and educated at Harrow School and Christ Church College, Oxford. He became a Tory MP for Woodstock in 1826, and almost immediately became a leader of the movement for factory reform. He was largely responsible for the Factory Acts of 1847 and 1853, Coal Mines Act of 1842, and the Lunacy Act of 1845. He was chairman of the Ragged Schools Union and a supporter of Florence Nightingale.

Lord Shaftesbury married Lady Emily Caroline Catherine Frances Cowper, daughter of Peter Cowper, 5th Earl Cowper, on 10 June 1830. The couple had six sons and four daughters

Lord Shaftesbury's funeral was at Westminster Abbey, but he is buried at Wimborne St. Giles Church, Dorset. A statue by Sir J. E. Boehm can be found at Westminster Abbey in the West End of Nave.



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  • Created by: KRW
  • Added: 19 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14982971
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anthony Ashley-Cooper (28 Apr 1801–1 Oct 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14982971, citing Wimborne St Giles Churchyard, Wimborne St Giles, North Dorset District, Dorset, England ; Maintained by KRW (contributor 46517473) .