John Passmore Edwards
April 23, 2011 11:37 AM Subscribe
"He did more good in his time than almost any other of his contemporaries"
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the death of John Passmore Edwards
. Philanthropist, activist, MP, journalist, editor
, chartist and pacifist
, campaigner for peace
, for the abolition of capital publishment and flogging and for provision of free libraries
. His autobiography
.On public libraries
: "All may not use them, but all may do so if they like; and as they are means of instructing and improving some, all are directly or indirectly benefited by them.”
He left a legacy of 70 public buildings, largely in London and Cornwall: libraries
, art galleries
and more. After campaigning for the Free Library Act of 1850 he personally paid for a new library in any Cornish town where the Act was adopted, plus the first 1000 books for each.