Prince of Pottery, Josiah Wedgwood

ENTREPRENEURS

The Cherokee Indians were surprised and puzzled a few years ago to learn that an Englishman wanted to buy five tons of clay in the Carolina mountains. But Josiah Wedgwood usually gets what he wants. He offered the Indians £500 for the material and had it shipped back to London.

In the Midlands of England, Josiah Wedgwood wanted a canal to connect the Trent and Mersey rivers. So he pushed the necessary legislation through Parliament, contributed £1,000 to the cost of the project, and devoted more...