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Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Bt (1786-1845), Philanthropist

Sitter in 13 portraits
In 1808 Buxton began working for the London brewery Truman, Hanbury & Company. Three years later he was appointed a partner and subsequently became its owner. A member of the Church of England, Buxton also attended Quaker meetings and became involved in the social reform movement, helping raise money for the London weavers who were forced into poverty by new factories. He also provided financial support for Elizabeth Fry's prison reform work, and became a member of her Association for the Improvement of the Female Prisoners in Newgate. As an MP from 1818 Buxton worked for changes in prison conditions, criminal law and for the abolition of slavery and capital punishment.