Friday, 19 September 2014

Richard Arkwright - Barrister, Conservative MP and a Dabbler in Sensation Fiction




Richard Arkwright (1835-1918) came from one of the most illustrious families of the industrial revolution. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), the self-made industrialist and inventor who manufactured a fortune out of spinning cotton yarn at his Cromford Mills in Derbyshire.

Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792)
Richard’s grandfather, Sir Richard’s only son, Richard Junior (1755-1843) was an even more capable a businessman and amassed a vast family fortune, which he then distributed to his eleven children.