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George William Alexander (1802-1890), Treasurer of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society

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At the age of fourteen George William Alexander joined his father's banking firm of Alexander & Co. at Lombard Street in the City of London. His father died in 1819, and when he came of age, Alexander was made a partner in the firm, taking over altogether when his mother retired in 1838. Under his direction, Alexander & Co. became the country's leading private bank. Alexander was a long-term supporter of one of the great Victorian philanthropic movements, being for nearly forty years the treasurer of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society.