Cobden led the campaign that repealed the Corn Laws in 1846, after which there was free trade in grain. The son of a Middlesex farmer, he sought his fortune in Manchester, became an owner of a mill that employed 2,000 workers and was noted for excellence of its calicoes. At 35, he was a rich man.
Anti-Corn Law League (UK) Bank of England Bright, J. Cobden, R. Colonialism Corns Laws Factory Acts Free trade Manchester School McCulloch, J. R. New Poor Law Pacifism Tooke, T.
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