Samuel Morley(1809-1886), Businessman, politician and philanthropist
Sitter in 15 portraits
Samuel Morley was the youngest son of a hosiery manufacturer. He joined the family firm at the age of sixteen and by 1860 his father and brother had retired, leaving him in sole charge of the business. The firm had initially employed knitters in their homes in Nottingham, but under Morley the business grew rapidly, with huge mills in several cities employing thousands of staff. In 1865 was elected to Parliament as an MP. He was a strong Liberal and a whole-hearted supporter of Gladstone. Morley was also a deeply religious man. He had links with non-conformist churches and was keenly interested in the temperance movement. He was an active philanthropist, and his charitable activities were widespread.
by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s