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Shaftes·bur·y(shăfts′bĕr′ē, -bə-rē), First Earl of Title of Anthony Ashley Cooper. 1621-1683.
English politician. Originally a Royalist, he later opposed Charles II in the English Civil War and is considered the founder of the Whig Party.
1. (Biography) 1st Earl of, title of Anthony Ashley Cooper. 1621–83, English statesman, a major figure in the Whig opposition to Charles II
2. (Biography) 7th Earl of, title of Anthony Ashley Cooper. 1801–85, English evangelical churchman and social reformer. He promoted measures to improve conditions in mines (1842), factories (1833; 1847; 1850), and schools
Shaftes•bur•y(ˈʃæfts bə ri, ˈʃɑfts-)
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of, 1621–83, English statesman.