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James Sweet (fl 1838-1879; Nottingham shopkeeper and Chartist)

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Hair cutter and perfumer, and second-hand bookseller, of Goose Gate, in the Nottingham Annual Register of 1840. He was still there in 1854 but by 1862 had moved his bookselling, stationery and newsagency business to 2 Stoney Street. He appeared in Wright's 1879 directory at 21 Broad Street, but was not listed by 1885. In the early 1870s he was a Nottingham town councillor.

Sweet was a founder member of the Nottingham Working Men's Association in 1838, and in the early 1840s was sub-treasurer to the Nottingham branch of the National Charter Association.

He was a committed Chartist, but deeply opposed to the New Poor Law, and therefore supported the Tory candidate Walter in the 1841 Nottingham election against the Whigs. He was the chief fund-raiser for Feargus O'Connor during his 1847 election campaign, and was secretary of the Nottingham branch of the National Land Company in 1849.


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