Henry Overton Wills II   1800 - 1871

The religious dissent of both William Day Wills and Henry Overton Wills II was matched by their political radicalism. Both supported the Anti-Corn Law League and made contributions to its funds. Regularly they supported Liberal candidates at parliamentary elections. Henry himself entered local politics in 1845 as a Liberal councillor for the St. Pauls district of Bristol.

By 1851 Henry had 11 children surviving from a total of 15... his family eventually numbered 18 children.... "while this ensured the survival of the Wills name, it added untold complications to the family tree"1

W.D & H,O Wills and the Development of the UK Tobacco Industry 1786 - 1965 by B.W.E. Alford (1)
Henry Overton  Wills III Edward Payson Wills Frederick Wills II Frank William Wils




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