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Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg

Born: 1834 AD
Died: 1902 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Politicial Adviser, Professors, Writers

1834 – Born in Naples, Italy; birth of a British historian and politician

 

1837 – His father, Sir Richard Acton died

 

1843-1848 – Embarked on a journey at Oscott under Wiseman

 

1850 – Went to Munich to study under historian Ignaz von Dollinger

 

1853 – Travelled to USA

 

1857 – Went to Rome with Dollinger

 

1858-1862 – Became the part-owner and contributor to liberal Catholic Rambler

 

1859-1865 – Member of the Parliament for Carlow

 

1864 – Pius IX’s Quanta Cura and Syllabus of Errors

 

1864-1868 – Acton’s extensive archival researches

 

1865 – Married Countess Marie von Arco-Valley

 

1865-1866 – Member of the Parliament for Bridgnorth

 

1869 – Was offered a peerage by Gladstone for his efforts under Liberal political causes

 

1869 – Created Baron Acton by Gladstone

 

1874 – Acton responded to Gladstone’s anti-Vatican articles in four letters to The Times

 

1875 – Feared excommunication but he was spared

 

1877 – Lectures include "The History of Freedom in Antiquity" and "The History of Freedom in Christianity"

 

1880-1885 – Advisor to Gladstone’s second ministry and advocate of Irish home rule

 

1887 – Made observation that "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" in his letter 

 

1889 – Review of James Bryce’s American Commonwealth – became the editor of the Cambridge Modern History, which under his direction became a model of careful scholarship 

 

1892-1895 – Lord in Waiting to Queen Victoria 

 

1895 – He was appointed as Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University; gave out lectures on modern history and the French Revolution

 

          – Also the editor of Cambridge Modern History

 

1902 – Died at Tegernsee