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William Chilton (printer)

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William Chilton (1815 – 28 May 1855), was a printer, Owenite, evolutionist, and co-founder with Charles Southwell of The Oracle of Reason, which claimed to be the world's first avowedly atheist journal. Life Born in Bristol, the son of William and Mary Ann Chilton, Chilton's first occupation was that of bricklayer, before becoming a compositor and reader for the local Bristol Mercury. He remained with the Bristol Mercury until his death, and according to Adrian Desmond (2004) his campaigning and propagandist activities had to be "squeezed around his 10-hour working day as a compositor. He would camp in his works for weeks on end..." On 26 September 1843, Chilton married Mary Ann Morris. They had two daughters: Kate (born in 1846), and Lucy (born in 1848). Chilton died at the young age of forty, and was buried in Bristol on 2 June 1855. The Oracle of Reason The Oracle of Reason was founded by Chilton, Charles Southwell and John Field in 1841. It lasted until 1843
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