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Burke, Edmund

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Born: 1729 AD
Died: 1797 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Philosophers, Writers

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1729 – He was born on the 12th of January in Dublin to a solicitor father who converted to the Church of Ireland. His mother, whose maiden name was Nagle, belonged to the Roman Catholic Church.
 
1744 – He received his early education at a Quaker school in Ballitore and he proceeded to Trinity College, Dublin this year.
 
1747 – He set up a Debating Club, known as Edmund Burke's Club, which in 1770 combined with the Historical Club to form the College Historical Society.
 
1748 – He graduated this year.
 
1750 – His father wished him to study for the law, and with this object he went to London and entered the Middle Temple, but soon after that he gave up his legal studies in order to travel in Continental Europe.
 
1756 –His first published work, A Vindication of Natural Society: A View of the Miseries and Evils Arising to Mankind, appeared this year.
 
1757 – He published a treatise on aesthetics, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.
 
1765 – He became private secretary to liberal Whig statesman Charles Watson-Wentworth at the time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who remained Burke's close friend.
 
1769 – He published, in reply to George Granville, his pamphlet on The Present State of the Nation.
 
1774 – He was elected member for Bristol, at the time "England's second city" and a large constituency with a genuine electoral contest.
 
1780 – He looses his seat.
 
1785 – He made his great speech on The Nabob of Arcot's Debts, and in the next year, he moved for papers in regard to the Indian government of Warren Hastings
 
1787 - The trial, of which Burke was the leading promoter, from this year until Hastings's eventual acquittal in 1794.
 
1790 – He published his Reflections on the Revolution in France.
 
1797 – He died on 9th of July.


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