Charles Booth
(1840-1916)

Died aged c. 76

Charles James Booth (30 March 1840 – 23 November 1916) was an English social researcher and reformer. He is most famed for his innovative work on documenting working class life in London at the end of the 19th century, work that along with that of Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree influenced government intervention against poverty in the early 20th century and contributed to the creation of Old Age pensions and free school meals for the poorest children. Booth's wife, Mary Macaulay, was a cousin of the Fabian socialist and author Martha Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield (née Potter; 1858–1943). Booth worked closely with Potter for his research on poverty. St Paul's Cathedral is the grateful recipient of his gift of Holman Hunt's painting: The Light of The World.

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Charles Booth 1840-1916 pioneer in social research lived here

6 Grenville Place, London, United Kingdom where they lived

1840-1916 Charles Booth ship owner & pioneer of social research born here

University of Liverpool Sports Centre, Oxford Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they was born (1840)