Holyoake, George Jacob

Holyoake, George Jacob, an active propagandist of advanced social theories, born at Birmingham; has lived a busy life as an agitator, lecturing and writing; he espoused the cause of Garibaldi, edited the Reasoner; was the last man to be imprisoned in England on a charge of atheism (1841); was a zealous supporter of co-operation and all movements making for the betterment of the social condition of the working-classes; his numerous works embrace a valuable “History of Co-operation in England,” “The Limits of Atheism,” “Sixty Years of an Agitator's Life,” &c.; b. 1817.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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