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Samuel Whitbread

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Samuel Whitbread (1720-1796) established a brewery that in 1799 became Whitbread.

1720 August 30th. Born at Cardington in Bedfordshire, the seventh of eight children of Henry Whitbread and his wife Elizabeth Winch.

1734. He left for London aged 14 and became an apprentice to a London brewer, John Witman.

1742. Whitbread went into partnership with Thomas Shewell investing £2,600 he had inherited, in two of Shewell's small breweries, the Goat Brewhouse (where porter was produced) and a brewery in Brick Lane (used to produce pale and amber beers).

1857 Married to Harriet Hayton

1758 Birth of son Samuel Whitbread

Whitbread became very rich and bought Lord Torrington's Southill Estate, Elstow Manor, and other substantial property.

When he died on 11 June 1796, the Gentleman's Magazine claimed that he was "worth over a million pounds".

Whitbread was elected Member of Parliament for Bedford in 1768, and held the seat until 1790,[4] and then represented Steyning from 1792 to 1796. He was an early supporter for the abolition of slavery and took part in some of the anti-slavery debates of 1788 in the House of Commons.[5]

1796 June 11th. Died

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