Samuel Smiles blue plaque in Leeds

Samuel Smiles (1812-1905) the great propagandist of Victorian values through his books 'Self-Help', 'Character', 'Thrift' and 'Duty' inspired by his lectures to Leeds working men in 1845. He worked in Leeds 1838-58 as a newspaper editor, doctor and then railway secretary.

Samuel Smiles (23 December 1812 – 16 April 1904), was a Scottish author and government reformer. He is most known for writing Self-Help, which "elevated [Smiles] to celebrity status: almost overnight, he became a leading pundit and much-consulted guru".

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