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Josiah Wedgwood II (3 April, 176912 July, 1843), the son of the English potter Josiah Wedgwood, continued his father's firm and was Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent from 1832 to 1835. He was an abolitionist, and detested slavery.

Josiah and his brother Thomas gave their friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge a life annuity of £150, with the goal of freeing Coleridge from financial worries and the need to support himself by noncreative work, so that he could pursue his literary and philosophical interests.

In 1807, Wedgwood bought Maer Hallmarker in Staffordshire and his family lived there until his death in 1843.

Wedgwood was responsible for the Wedgwood Company’s first bone china wares.

Wedgwood married Elizabeth Allen (1764-1846) and they had four sons and three daughters, two of whom married their first cousins, the offspring of Robert Darwin and Susannah Wedgwood:


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  • Wedgwood Website

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