Benjamin Hawes - Early Life

Early Life

He was a grandson of William Hawes, founder of the Royal Humane Society, and son of Benjamin Hawes of New Barge House, Lambeth, who was a businessman and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London; his mother was Ann Feltham. He was educated at William Carmalt's school at Putney, and when of age in 1818 entered into partnership with his father and uncle, in the business of soap-boiling. He spending relatively little of his in the industry, but was later known in parliament as 'Hawes the Soap-Boiler'. He married Sophia Brunel, daughter of the famous engineer Marc Brunel and they had several children.

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