William Godwin (1756-1836)

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Death: 7th April 1836
Location:  St Peter's Church, Bournemouth, Dorset, England
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English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism, and the first modern proponent of anarchism.  Godwin is most famous for two books that he published within the space of a year: An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, an attack on political institutions, and Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, which attacks aristocratic privilege, but also is the first mystery novel. Godwin was married to the pioneering feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft and their daughter, Mary Godwin (later Mary Shelley) would go on to write Frankenstein and marry the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Godwin wrote prolifically in the genres of novels and history throughout his lifetime.  He was buried in London at Old Saint Pancras Churchyard, and in 1851, his remains were moved by his grandson, Percy Florence Shelley, to his family tomb in St Peter's Church, Bournemouth. 
Original burial location, Old Saint Pancras Churchyard
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