Thomas Warren

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Thomas Warren (fl. 1727–1767) was an English bookseller, printer, publisher and businessman.

Warren was an influential figure in Birmingham at a time when it was a hotbed of creative activity, opening a bookshop in High Street, Birmingham around 1727.[1] From here he founded and published the Birmingham Journal - the town's first known newspaper;[2] he edited and published Samuel Johnson's first book - a translation of Jerónimo Lobo’s Voyage to Abyssinia[3]—and with Joshua Kirton sold Francis Godwin's The Man in the Moone.[4] He also financed the cotton mill established by John Wyatt and Lewis Paul in 1741.[5] This was the world's first mechanised cotton-spinning factory, and was to pave the way for Richard Arkwright's later transformation of the cotton industry during the Industrial Revolution.[6]

The Paul-Wyatt cotton mill was not a financial success, however, and Warren declared bankruptcy in 1743.[1]


  1. ^ a b Fleeman, J.D. (2000-03-02). A Bibliography of the Works of Samuel Johnson: 1731-59 Vol 1 (PDF). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-19-812269-1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-21. 
  2. ^ "Johnson in Birmingham". Revolutionary Players of Industry and Innovation. Museums, Libraries and Archives - West Midlands. Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Johnson Collection". Birmingham City Council. 2007-12-19. Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  4. ^ Lawton, H. W. (1931), "Bishop Godwin's Man in the Moone", The Review of English Studies, 7 (25): 23–55, doi:10.1093/res/os-vii.25.23, JSTOR 508383 
  5. ^ James Thomson (2004). "Invention in the Industrial Revolution: the case of cotton". In Leandro Prados de la Escosura. Exceptionalism and Industrialisation: Britain and Its European Rivals, 1688-1815. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 135. ISBN 0-521-79304-1. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  6. ^ Wadsworth, Alfred P.; De Lacy Mann, Julia (1931). "The First Cotton Spinning Factories". The Cotton Trade and Industrial Lancashire, 1600-1780. Manchester: Manchester University Press. pp. 431–447.