What did Shakespeare's father do for a living?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Shakespeare's father had many jobs, as a matter of fact.  Some other interesting details:

He was a farmer.

He was the official town beer-taster.

He traded wool, and it is believed that he did this trading illegally.

He was a money lender - what might today be called a "loan shark".

John Shakespeare was fairly wealthy early on, but at some point he hit a low point.  By the time Shakespeare was becoming a man, his father was losing respectability and out of the town records, meaning that he no longer held office. 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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See the eNotes biography of Shakespeare, linked below. Here's what it says about his father:

His parents, John and Mary (Arden), were married about 1557; she was of the landed gentry, he a yeoman—a glover and commodities merchant. By 1568, John had risen through the ranks of town government and held the position of high bailiff, similar to mayor.

A glover is a glove maker. A commodities merchant is like a department store owner.

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keke91 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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shakespeare does a lot of things but thing that he does is likes to kiss on girls and having it with them to at least thats what i think.

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