Henry Fawcett and Millicent Garrett Fawcett black plaque in Salisbury

1833-1884
Henry Fawcett
Born in Salisbury in 1833. Blinded in a shooting accident, he became Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University and a Liberal MP. He campaigned for equal rights for women and married Millicent Garrett.
Appointed Postmaster General in 1880 he reformed the Post Office by introducing the sixpenny telegram, tablets on letterboxes to show collection times; a savings scheme and postal orders. He introduced the Parcel Post service in 1883.
Millicent became the president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and played a key role in persuading Parliament to give women the vote.
Henry Fawcett died in 1884.

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, GBE (11 June 1847 – 5 August 1929) was an English suffragist (one who campaigned for women to have the vote) and an early feminist. She was a British suffragist, an intellectual, political leader, Union leader, mother, wife and writer. However, she is primarily known for her work as a suffragist.She was born Millicent Garrett in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. As a suffragist, as opposed to a suffragette, she took a moderate line, but was a tireless campaigner. She concentrated much of her energy on the struggle to improve women's opportunities for higher education and in 1871 co-founded Newnham College, Cambridge. She later became president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (the NUWSS), a position she held from 1907 until 1919. In July 1901 she was appointed to lead the British Government's commission to South Africa to investigate conditions in the concentration camps that had been created there in the wake of the Second Boer War. Her report corroborated what the campaigner Emily Hobhouse had said about conditions in the camps.[citation needed]

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Henry Fawcett PC (26 August 1833 – 6 November 1884) was a blind British academic, statesman and economist.

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