Pitman, Isaac

Sir Isaac Pitman was an English teacher who developed the most widely used system of shorthand. He taught at the British School at Wootton-under-Edge, a private school that he founded. He was also vice-president of the Vegetarian Society and was knighted in 1894. He married twice, in the 1851 census he is recorded as being in Bath, aged 38, living with his wife Mary, aged 58. However, in the 1871 census, he is with his new wife, Isabella, aged 46. It is often thought that he was the originator of the idea of shorthand, but at a congress held in 1887 to mark the 50th anniversary of Pitman’s method, Lord Rosebery mentioned that 481 systems of shorthand had been recorded, the earliest by Timothy Bright in 1588. Isaac was a religious man and translated the whole of the Bible into shorthand. This wall tablet was unveiled in January 1960.

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