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  • n  class of small freeholders who cultivated their own land
  • n  a British volunteer cavalry force organized in 1761 for home defense later incorporated into the Territorial Army

  • Born in 1809, he was descended from the yeomanry and the county families that together bred England's great middle class.
  • One recalls a nobleman's dispensation of whisky to his neighbor's yeomanry.
  • He stems from 240 years of Southern yeomanry whose natural enemies were bankers and big landlords.

  • Thomas Jefferson in OpEdNews
    Jefferson said, in an 1824 letter: "This degree of [free] education would ...... give us a body of yeomanry, too, of substantial information, well prepared to become a firm and steady support to the government."

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