Robert Owen (1771-1858) - Utopian Socialist
A textile mill owner in New Lanark, Scotland. He refuesed to emlpoy children, banned physical punishment, built homes close to the factory, provided a school for the children of his workers, and subsidized staple products in his company store.
Owen was convinced that id he created the right environment he could produce rational, good, and humane people. He spent his life with reform groups including factory reforms, adult suffrage and the development of trades unions.