Elizabeth Fry
Elizabeth Fry was an English prison reformer, social reformer and, as a Quaker, a Christian philanthropist. She has sometimes been referred to as the "angel of prisons."

Fry was a major driving force behind new legislation to make the treatment of prisoners more humane, and she was supported in her efforts by the reigning monarch. From 2001 - 2016, she was depicted on the English five pound note.

Full Name Elizabeth Gurney Fry
Who philanthropist
Birth Date May 21, 1780
Death Date October 12, 1845
Country England
Born Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Died Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK
Cause of Death stroke
Education -
Father John Gurney
Mother Catherine Bell Gurney
Spouse Joseph Fry

Joseph John Gurney

Louisa Gurney Hoare

Hannah Buxton

Samuel Gurney

Daniel Gurney


Katharine Fry

Rachel Elizabeth Fry

John Gurney Fry

William Storrs Fry

Richenda Fry

Joseph Fry

Hannah Fry

Louisa Fry

Samuel Fry

Daniel Fry


Fry's training school for nurses was a later inspiration for Florence Nightingale.

In 1842, Frederick William IV of Prussia visited Fry, and was so impressed with her mission, said that he would personally visit prisons on his next visit to London, despite the attempts of his court to dissaude him.

Queen Victoria was another admirer of Fry's. She had at least two audiences with her and donated money to her cause.

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