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William Roscoe

English historian, abolitionist, art collector, politician, lawyer, banker, botanist and writer

1753   -   1831

country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Kingdom of Great Britain
occupation: botanist, politician, historian, biographer, poet
position held: Member of the 3rd Parliament of the United Kingdom

William Roscoe (8 March 1753 – 30 June 1831) was an English historian, leading abolitionist, art collector, M.P. (briefly), lawyer, banker, botanist and miscellaneous writer, perhaps best known today as an early abolitionist and for his poem for children The Butterfly's Ball, and the Grasshopper's Feast.
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