Thomas Cooper
(1805-1892)

Died aged c. 87

Thomas Cooper (20 March 1805 – 15 July 1892) was an English poet and among the leading Chartists. His prison rhyme the Purgatory of Suicides (1845) runs to 944 stanzas. He also wrote novels and in later life religious texts. He was an autodidact, who worked otherwise as a shoemaker, preacher, schoolmaster and journalist, before taking up Chartism in 1840. He 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