Meaning of Shaftesbury, 7th Earl of in English:

Shaftesbury, 7th Earl of

Pronunciation /ˈʃɑːftsb(ə)ri/

proper noun

  • (1801–85), English philanthropist and social reformer; born Anthony Ashley Cooper. A dominant figure of the 19th-century social reform movement, he inspired much of the legislation designed to improve conditions for the large working class created as a result of the Industrial Revolution. His reforms included the introduction of the ten-hour working day (1847).