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Lord Shaftesbury

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Yesterday was the feast day of "the poor man's earl". Lord Shaftesbury is eccentrically remembered in Piccadilly Circus in the statue of Eros releasing his shaft.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, seventh earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), was a good guy who pushed hard his whole life for reforms. "His outstanding qualities were tremendous integrity, courage, and persistence, and a passionate concern for the welfare of his fellow human beings" (Oxford DNB).

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