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Samuel Galton Junior: the unusual case of a Quaker gunsmith

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Part of our historical talk series.

Samuel Galton Junior: the unusual case of a Quaker gunsmith

The Galton family were exceptionally successful gun makers in eighteenth-century Birmingham, making most of their money from selling weapons to merchants engaged in the slave trade. However, they were also Quakers as well as friends with prominent anti-slavery campaigners. This talk considers their business history and how the family, especially Samuel Galton Junior, reconciled his business activities and religious beliefs.

Harry Smith

I am a research associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, based in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. There I work on a project examining the history of business owners in England and Wales between 1851 and 1911. I have previously worked on the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Birmingham and have published on William Hutton and on the Priestley Riots of 1891.

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