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Richard Cobden
1804 - 1865

British parliamentarian, founding member and leader (with John Bright) of the successful Anti-Corn-Law League, tireless activist and orator for free trade and against government subsidies of business, author of England, Ireland, and America


The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices.