Thomas Cooper
(1805-1892)

Died aged c. 87

Thomas Cooper (March 20, 1805 – July 15, 1892) was a poet and one of the leading Chartists. He wrote poetry, notably the 944 stanzas of his prison-rhyme the Purgatory of Suicides (1845), novels and, in later life, religious texts. An autodidact shoemaker, preacher, schoolmaster and journalist before he became a Chartist in 1840, Cooper was a passionate, determined and fiery man.

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Thomas Cooper, Chartist, 1805-1892 had a coffee shop at this address in which he organised the movement in Leicester

11 Church Gate, Leicester, United Kingdom where they had a coffee shop