John Bright Biography (1811-89) Bright was a son of a Quaker cotton spinner and took up employment in his father's factory. I...
- John Bright Biography
- Bright was a son of a Quaker cotton spinner and took up employment in his father's factory. In 1839, he, at the time of its formation, together with Richard Cobden (1804-65), became a leader in the Anti-Corn-Law League (they advocated free trade; see the Manchester School of economics). Bright and Cobden were also members of the Peace Society (Bright energetically denounced the Crimean war). During the American Civil War, Bright warmly supported the north. He became a member of parliament. Bright supported Joe Howe in Howe's bid to reverse the 1867 union of Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada.
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