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Howard Williams (humanitarian)

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– Born on January 6, 1837, in Whatley, Mendip
– Fifth son of Reverend Hamilton John Williams and Margaret Sophia
– Home educated
– Studied history at St Johns College, Cambridge
– Married Eliza Smith on November 20, 1860

– “The Superstitions of Witchcraft” (1865)
– “The Ethics of Diet: A Catena of Authorities Deprecatory of the Practice of Flesh-eating” (1883)
– “Lucians Dialogues” (1888)
– “Pioneers of Humanity” (1907)
– Founding member of the Humanitarian League

– Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
– “Eating and Believing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Vegetarianism and Theology”
– “Of Victorians and Vegetarians: The Vegetarian Movement in Nineteenth-Century Britain”
– “Animal Sensibility and Inclusive Justice in the Age of Bernard Shaw”
– Obituary in the Bedfordshire Times and Independent

Further reading:
– “The Late Mr Howard Williams: An Appreciation”
– “Vegetarianism: A History”
– “The Ethics of Diet: A Catena of Authorities Deprecatory of the Practice of Flesh-Eating”
– “What is Vegetarianism?” (1886)
– “Shelleys Vegetarianism” (1891)

– Williams inspired the Humanitarian League
– Vice-President of the London Vegetarian Society
– Board member of the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society
– Authored the Pioneers of Humanity section for the league’s journal
– Died on September 21, 1931, in Aspley Guise

Howard Williams (6 January 1837 – 21 September 1931) was an English humanitarianism and vegetarianism activist, historian, and writer. He was noted for authoring The Ethics of Diet, a history of vegetarianism, which was influential on the Victorian vegetarian movement.

Howard Williams
Born(1837-01-06)6 January 1837
Died21 September 1931(1931-09-21) (aged 94)
Aspley Guise, England
EducationSt John's College, Cambridge (BA, 1860; MA, 1863)
Occupation(s)Activist, historian, writer
Notable workThe Ethics of Diet (1883)
Eliza Smith
(m. 1860; died 1906)
FamilyHenry John Williams (brother)
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