Josiah Wedgwood II
Josiah Wedgwood II (1769-1843), potter, MP, abolitionist. The son of Josiah Wedgwood, he continued his father's firm. He was also M.P. for Stoke-on-Trent from 1832 to 1835. Wedgwood and his family lived in Stoke House (later Stoke Manor House) in Cobham from 1795-1800. Josiah and his brother Thomas paid their friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge a life annuity of one hundred and fifty pounds to pursue his poetic, critical, and philosophical interests free of financial need.