Robert Raikes(1735-1811), Journalist and promoter of Sunday Schools
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A philanthropist and businessman, Raikes campaigned for prison reform and devoted himself to establishing Sunday Schools. In 1780, he founded the first formal, free Sunday School in Gloucester. As editor and owner of the Gloucester Journal he was able to use his own newspaper to promote the idea that Sunday Schools could prevent juvenile delinquency, religious ignorance and unemployment by teaching children to read and write.