Edmond Beales (1803-1881)

Edmond Beales was a radical British reformer who fought for world peace and manhood suffrage. A barrister from a middle-class background, he was president of the Workmen's Peace Association and led the Reform League, which demanded voting rights for all male citizens (but not vagrants or women). The League enjoyed the support of the working classes and the trade unions. In 1866 Beales' League led a demonstration in Hyde Park. Violence broke out between the marchers and the police, but the prime minister allowed the meetings to continue nevertheless. In 1872 the spot on which their demonstration was held was named Speaker's Corner and until this day people may speak there on any topic they wish.

Date:
1870 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES22755
Photographer:
Elliott & Fry (London)
Height:
1213px
Width:
748px
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