Simon Morgan is Head of History at Leeds Beckett University. He has published extensively on the culture of the public sphere in the 19th century, with particular reference to urban elites, radical politics and cultures of celebrity. He is co-editor of the four-volume Letters of Richard Cobden (Oxford University Press, 2007-2015) and author of the monograph A Victorian Woman’s Place: Public Culture in the Nineteenth Century (I.B. Tauris, 2007), which developed from his PhD research. His chapter in the present volume grew from the research for his most recent monograph, Celebrities, Heroes and Champions: Popular Politicians in the Age of Reform, 1810-1867 (Manchester University Press, 2021).