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John Pounds
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Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire
Born on 17th of June 1766
Died on 1st of January 1839

When Pounds was working as an apprentice shipwright in Portsmouth he had a serious accident that disabled him for life. He became a cobbler to earn a living, and devoted his life to helping poor children with small acts of philanthropy and by teaching thousands of them to read and write, and the basics of arithmetic. His example inspired others, led to the formation of the ragged schools movement, and thus played a major part in the development of education for all in Britain.

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