William Benbow

William Benbow

Benbow, William, fl. 1825-40, English pamphleteer and publisher. He is known especially as the author (c.1832) of the Grand National Holiday; or, Congress of the Productive Classes, which introduced the theory of the general strike and was influential in promoting class consciousness and unity among workers. Little is known of his life except that he had a publishing house in London, was a member of the National Union of Working Classes, took a minor part in the Chartist movement (see Chartism), and was several times imprisoned.

William Benbow (1784 - 1841) was a Non-conformist preacher and a leader of the Great Reform Movement in Manchester, England.

Benbow was born in Manchester, England. He worked with William Cobbett on the radical newspaper The Political Register. Faced with being imprisioned for sedition he fled to the United States where he continued to work on the newspaper. Benbow was eventually tried for seditious libel and imprisioned in Cold Bath Field Prision in London. In 1831 he joined the National Union of the Working Classes. He was again tried to sedition in 1840, and he died in prison in 1841.


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