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This profile was last updated on 10/31/04  and contains information from public web pages.


Pioneers' Society

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Secretary
    Co-operative Productive Federation
  • Founder
    Co-operative Press Ltd
Web References
Co-op Online - About the Co-op - Who Was Who?, 31 Oct 2004 [cached]
With the help of Neale and Holyoake was successful.
"He spared himself no trouble; he gave the leisure of his mornings, of his mid day, of his evenings and of his sabbaths, freely and ungrudgingly to sending replies to most distant or unknown persons in any part of the country or in any part of the world - he thought much higher of the benefits co-operative principles could render morally than of the pecuniary benefits they could confer" (Holyoake).
Among his friends were G.J. Holyoake, T. Hughes, E.V. Neale, Hodgson Pratt, and E.O. Greening.
Several of his co-operative acquaintances were old Owenites, among them Dr J. Watts, James Hole, William Pare, Galpin (Pare's son-in-law and member of the firm of Cassell, Petter and Galpin, then the biggest publishers in the world), Lloyd Jones, E. T. Craig, G. J. Holyoake, A. Pears (founder of the famous soap firm, reputed possessor of the finest collection of personal relics of Owen: Greening held that the recipe for Pears soap was given to Pears by Robert Owen).
J.McCabe's biography lists 175 books and pamphlets by Holyoake.
In addition he edited several periodicals, 27 in all, some of which he started.
Maxwell corresponded with and was influenced by G.J. Holyoake and Lloyd Jones.
His most important work was Hampden in the Nineteenth Century, 1834, held by Holyoake to be his most extensively read book, but Beer (History of British Socialism)e age of 16.Secretary of the Co-operative Productive Federation from 1922-44.
Helped to start a Mechanics' Institute (later attended by G.J. Holyoake as a student).
Holyoake credits him with introducing into England the term Congress for deliberative meetings.
Author of Claims of Capital and Labour, Plan for the Suppression of the Predatory Classes, Co-operative Agriculture, and a history of Ralahine.Edited William Thompson's Inquiry into the Principles of the Distribution of Wealth Most Conducive to Human Happiness.
Friendly with Hughes, Neale, Ludlow, and Holyoake.
Holyoake described him as the chief of the Pioneers and in some respects the greatest, "it was Mr Smithies' merriment which kept Co-operation in good countenance during the evil days.
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