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Josiah Wedgwood
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    (July 12, 1730-January 3, 1795)
    Born in Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
    Founder of the Wedgwood company
    Credited with pioneering mass production of pottery
    Named Potter to Her Majesty, Queen Charlotte (1766)
    He had an autocratic and patriarchal attitude towards his workers.
    He would go through his factory smashing any pots that failed to meet his standards.
    He married a wealthy cousin, whose fortune helped him build a pottery factory.
    He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin -- and of Darwin's wife Emma, continuing the family tradition of marrying cousins.
    A childhood bout of smallpox weakened his knees and eventually required amputation of his right leg.
    He built the first factory to incorporate a steam engine.
    He was elected to the Royal Society for inventing a pyrometer to measure the temperature in kilns.
    He was a pioneer of modern marketing techniques, including direct mail, money-back guarantees, 'buy one, get one free' offers and illustrated catalogs.
    As part of an anti-slavery campaign, he mass-marketed medallions of a black man in chains with the caption 'Am I not a Man and a Brother?'

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