Sir Benjamin Hawes
Person Male Born 1797 Died 15/5/1862
From British History Online: Master of the Haberdashers Company 1833-4 and leading force in the rebuilding of Aske’s Hospital 1826.
We have found some links between this politician and the Haberdashers so we feel reasonably confident in identifying him as the Benjamin Hawes on the plaque.
Early on he worked in the firm run by his father and uncle, in the business of soap-boiling. This brought him the parliamentary nick-name "Hawes the Soap-Boiler" (expecting something witty, weren't you?). Whig MP for Lambeth 1832 - 47. Married Isambard Kingdom Brunel's sister.