Swimming Professors and Entrepreneurs

  • Dave DayEmail author
  • Margaret Roberts


This chapter focuses on the nineteenth-century swimming professors whose entrepreneurial activities replicated the working lives of the artisans that were typical of the social class from which they had originated. These craftsmen utilized their expertise and shared experiences to develop swimming skills and then to employ this emerging knowledge in an increasingly commercialized environment. Some of these professors’ lives are explored in detail to highlight the importance of family to their success and to illustrate the typical characteristics of the working practices of contemporary professors, while also demonstrating that their activities extended nationwide. Two prominent one-legged professors of the period, William Woodbridge and Charley Moore, are then discussed before the chapter concludes with a discussion of the financial problems and other difficulties encountered by swimming professors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History, Politics and PhilosophyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.Independent ResearcherCreweUK

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