Correspondence of William Lovett

Administrative / Biographical History

William Lovett (1800-1877) was a prominent member of the Chartist movement. In favour of non-violent methods for achieving political change, he retired from overt forms of political activity after being imprisoned for seditious libel in 1839-1840.

A strong supporter of educational initiatives being the answer to raising the quality of life for working class people, Lovett devoted his time to the National Association for Promoting the Political and Social Improvement of the People, which was an educational body charged with implementing Chartist educational programs.