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|Born||11 November 1764|
|Died||17 June 1843|
|Children||Joshua Wilson (1795–1874)|
Thomas Wilson (11 November 1764 – 17 June 1843) was a Congregational benefactor of chapels and educational institutions and founder member of the Council of University College London from 1825.
Thomas Wilson was a man of considerable wealth, his income being drawn from the manufacture of silk ribbon and from Remington family legacies (John Remington Mills was his nephew). As a prominent Victorian philanthropist, and a model to many, he promoted many causes, principally educational and theological.
Between 1794 and 1843, he was treasurer of Hoxton Academy and its successor Highbury College, Middlesex. From 1825 onwards he was a founder member of Council of University College London.
Wilson was an early director of the London Missionary Society, and in 1837 he became one of the founders of the Metropolitan Chapel Fund Association. Prior to this, he had already built at his own expense, several new Congregational chapels in London and elsewhere; the most famous being Claremont Chapel in Pentonville (1819) and Craven Chapel in Regent Street, Westminster (1822). Paddington Chapel in Westminster was another of Wilson's foundations, and here the congregation included Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Samuel Dyer.
Thomas Wilson's son and biographer, Joshua Wilson (1795–1874), was instrumental in proposals to form the Congregational Union of England and Wales. Letters addressed to Thomas Wilson's wife are preserved at Dr Williams's Library in London.
A memorial to Wilson stands in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, London, in the Yew Walk.
Reverend Leonard Bacon was an American Congregational preacher and writer. He held the pulpit of the First Church New Haven and was later professor of church history and polity at Yale College.
William Behnes was a British sculptor of the early 19th century.
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Abney Park cemetery is one of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries in London, England.
Ebenezer Henderson was a Scottish minister and missionary. He spent the early part of his life in Scandinavia, was an accomplished linguist and translator.
Christopher Newman Hall, born at Maidstone and known in later life as a 'Dissenter's Bishop', was one of the most celebrated nineteenth century English Nonconformist divines. He was active in social causes; supporting Abraham Lincoln and abolition of slavery during the American Civil War, the Chartist cause, and arranging for influential Nonconformists to meet Gladstone. His tract Come to Jesus, first published in 1848 also contributed to his becoming a household name throughout Britain, the US and further afield, supposedly selling four million copies worldwide over his lifetime.
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Joshua Watson (1771–1855) was an English wine merchant, philanthropist, a prominent member of the high church party and of several charitable organisations, who became known as "the best layman in England".
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Henry Forster Burder, D.D. (1783–1864) was an English nonconformist minister.
Thomas Leishman was a Scottish minister and liturgical scholar.
Thomas Raffles (1788–1863) was an English Congregational minister, known as a dominant nonconformist figure at the Great George Street Congregational Church in Liverpool, and as an abolitionist and historian.
John Davies (1796–1865) was an architect who trained in London under George Maddox, an architect who specialised in classical buildings. Davies began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1819 and travelled to Italy in 1820–21. He appears to have been a competent artist and Luigi Rossini engraved a drawing by him of the Temples of Paestum. He was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He served as District Surveyor to Tower Hamlets from 1839 until his death in 1865.
Edward Fisher Bodley (1815–1881) was an English businessman, owner of a Staffordshire pottery. It operated on several sites in what is now Stoke-on-Trent. He had been a Congregationalist minister, and retained religious interests.