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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