Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891) was a British freethinker and radical politician.
In 1880 he was elected Liberal member of Parliament for Northampton, but was not allowed to take his seat until 1886 because, as an atheist, he (unsuccessfully) claimed the right to affirm instead of taking the oath. He was associated with the feminist Annie Besant.
He served in the army, was a lawyer's clerk, became well known as a speaker and journalist under the name of Iconoclast, and from 1860 ran the National Reformer.
He advocated the freedom of the press, contraception, and other social reforms.
Why is Charles Bradlaugh famous?
Charles Bradlaugh was one of the most famous English atheists of the 19th century.