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Richard Cobden, famed free trade advocate and strong British supporter of the Union dies in London

Richard Cobden, Brady image, 1859, detail
04/02/1865
Richard Cobden was a textile manufacturer and distinguished politician who had been for decades an apostle for free trade.  He was popular in the United States for his political views and, more recently, his support for the Federal cause in the American Civil War both inside and outside Parliament.  The son of a farmer, he had a factory in Manchester and was famous, with John Bright, in bringing down the protectionist Corn Laws.  He died at his home in London of respiratory complications.  He was sixty years old. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Richard Gowing, Richard Cobden (London: Cassel & Company, 1885), 120. 

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