The History of Co-operation ,
GEORGE JACOB HOLYOAKE (1817–1906)
For the life of George Holyoake, you may read a biography at http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRholyoak.htm .
Two key facts mark out George Holyoake: he was the last person to be found guilty and imprisoned in England for blasphemy and he was instrumental in the establishment of the Co-operative Union in 1887.
An American Appreciation
John Osborne's 'A Subject of Scandal and Concern'
"Amongst a body of further stage plays, Osborne also produced a clutch of original screenplays. His first television play was 'A Subject of Scandal and Concern' (Sunday Night Play, BBC, tx. 6/11/1960), also directed by Richardson. It was an unusual drama-documentary, interspersing its drama with presenter John Freeman narrating straight to camera. It dramatised the case of George Holyoake, an atheist who, in 1842, became the last man to be imprisoned for blasphemy." see here
His stammer recalled by Philip French.