- (1801–85), English philanthropist and social reformer; born Anthony Ashley Cooper. A dominant figure of the 19th-century social reform movement, he inspired much of the legislation designed to improve conditions for the large working class created as a result of the Industrial Revolution. His reforms included the introduction of the ten-hour working day (1847).
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