He was educated at the grammar school at Halesowen, and afterwards at that at Wolverhampton. On leaving school abouthe entered his father's bank in New Street, Birmingham. On 9 Sept. In he married, and took up his residence at the Larches, Sparkbrook, near Birmingham, whence in he removed to the Crescent, Birmingham.
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In October he was elected high bailiff of Birmingham. In the following year unitef first took a prominent part in public affairs, by agitating for the repeal of the orders in council which restricted British trade with the continent and the United States. Attwood and Ti Spooner were chosen to represent to government the position of the manufacturing interest of the town.
The orders were partially revoked in June, and on 6 Oct.
In he spoke vehemently against the renewal of the East India Company's charter, and, proceeding to London, exerted himself to organise a parliamentary opposition. Although the charter was renewed, many of its conditions were modified, and the company's monopoly of trade was abolished.
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In or Attwood first appealed to the public on the subject of the currency, which became henceforth the central interest of his life. He was opposed to the policy of government in reducing the paper currency while specie was hslesowen.
In he published two letters of remonstrance addressed to the prime minister, the Earl of Liverpool. In Attwood, most of whose connections were members of the tory party, definitely declared himself of opposite convictions by founding, on 25 Jan. Similar associations were rapidly formed all over the country, including the notable Northern Political Union, founded by Charles AttwoodThomas's brother, at Newcastle-on-Tyne, about These unions enthusiastically supported Earl Grey's government during the passage of the reform bill.
On 3 Oct. A resolution, supported by a hundred thousand men, was passed and transmitted to Lord John Russell, who replied, in reference to the opposition in the House of Lords, 'It is impossible that the whisper of a faction should prevail against the voice of a nation. The whig ministry became uneasy at the power of the unions, and at their elaborate organisation under leaders of various ranks with powers to act in cases of emergency.
Alarmed at the turbulent proceedings in London, they issued a proclamation on 22 Nov. This manifesto, however, was met by the Birmingham Union with a motion abandoning the idea of organisation, and reverting to the principle of simple association.
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They thus avoided the possibility of their position being declared meet. On 7 May the government were defeated in the House of Lords, and immediately reed. The result in Birmingham was that a of the more wealthy inhabitants ed the Union, which had hitherto been confined to the poorer classes.
On 10 May an immense meeting was held on Newhall Hill, the banners and trophies being covered in black drapery. It was proposed to refuse payment of the taxes, but Attwood succeeded in persuading his audience to confine themselves to more legal unietd of resistance. Attwood was also in constant communication with the London unions and exerted his influence to prevent any outbreak of violence.
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The populace was devoted to him, and on a rumour that he was to be arrested his house was guarded by armed men. On the news of the reinstatement of Lord Grey ten thousand people assembled round Attwood's dwelling to celebrate the triumph. On 19 May he had an interview with Lord Grey at the treasury, when the prime minister acknowledged his indebtedness to Attwood's exertions, and expressed his desire to make some return.
Attwood, however, declined any reward, remarking that his action had been on public grounds alone. On the rumour of fresh opposition from the Duke of Wellington, Attwood proposed to assemble a million men on Hampstead Heath.
On 23 May he received the freedom of the city of London, and five days later he made a triumphal entry into Birmingham amid great enthusiasm. On 12 Dec.
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Attwood and Joshua Scholefield [see under Scholefield, William] were returned to parliament unopposed for the new borough of Birmingham. In the House of Commons, like other popular leaders, he failed to maintain the reputation he had acquired outside. His vehemence of manner, his violence of expression, his incessant eingle of his views on the currency, and, above all, his disregard for party interests disqualified him for success.
On unites Feb. A motion go he brought forward on 21 March 'that a general committee be appointed to inquire into the causes of the general distress existing among Montevallo Alabama girls fucking industrious classes of the United Kingdom, and into the most effectual means of its relief,' was defeated, it being universally understood that it aimed at rectifying the currency.
On 20 May a meeting of two hundred thousand men at Newhall Hill petitioned the king to dismiss the ministry: but it was clear that many middle-class supporters had been alienated by Attwood's hqlesowen of O'Connell. On 18 Jan. This extravagance caused Benjamin Disraeli to address to Attwood the third of his 'Letters of Runnymede,' a vapid rebuke of a ridiculous boast.
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The Political Eingle, which had fallen into abeyance on the passage of the reform bill, was revived in May as the Reform Association, a title which was soon abandoned for the older deation. Year by year Attwood became more democratic in his political principles, and he allied himself with the chartists.
The growth of the chartist movement alienated many of the moderate advocates of reform and compelled the remainder to take a more extreme position. Liberals of birth, rank, or wealth gradually disappeared from the ranks of his supporters. The Birmingham Political Union, which already had proclaimed themselves in favour of universal suffrage, the ballot, and annual parliaments, were easily brought to give a formal adhesion to the charter.
Attwood gave his enthusiastic support to the great chartist petition. But, though his own language had not formerly been free from menace, he recoiled from the violence of the more advanced chartists, and constantly deprecated their threats of appeal to physical force. In March the Birmingham delegates withdrew from the National Convention, protesting against an appeal to arms. On 14 June he presented the chartists' monster national petition to the House of Commons.
It demanded universal suffrage, vote by ballot, annual parliaments, the payment of members of parliament, and the abolition of the property qualification for halesowe. On 12 July he moved that the house form itself into a committee for the purpose of considering the petition, but his motion was rejected by a large majority.
Attwood found that he had lost popularity by his tardy repudiation of physical force, and the riots which broke out in Birmingham itself in July showed that his influence was gone. Many chartists also denounced his pet scheme of a paper currency. Mortified by his position, he determined to retire from public life, and in December he published a somewhat querulous farewell address to his constituents, and for two years New columbia PA sexy women at St.
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Heliers to recruit his health, which had been impaired by his labours. In he was requested by sixteen thousand inhabitants of Birmingham to re-enter political life, and he attempted without success to organise a 'National Union,' which was to hold 'the ministers of the crown legally responsible for the welfare of the people. Attwood was twice married. On 12 Mayat Harbourne church, he married his first wife Elizabeth, eldest daughter of William Carless d. The eldest daughter, Angela d.
Attwood married, secondly, on 30 JuneElizabeth, daughter of Joseph Grice of Handsworth Hall, Staffordshire; she died without issue on 26 June unitd Peel,ii. Grote's Life of Grote,pp.