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Godwin, William

Born: 1756 AD
Died: 1836 AD
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1756 – William Godwin, born on the 3rd of March in Knowe’s Acre, Wisbeach, North Cambridgeshire, England. He was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism, and one of the first modern proponents of minarchist philosophy.

1778 – He was educated for his father’s profession at Hoxton Academy, where he studied under Andrew Kippis the biographer and Dr Abraham Rees of the Cyclopaedia.

1793 – He was best known for his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice.

1794 – His accompanying novel Caleb Williams is considered one of the first detective novels, though it is written more a fable retelling the problems outlined in Political Justice.

1800 – Served as a mentor to poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and most notably Percy Bysshe Shelley, until Shelley eloped with his daughter, Mary Shelley.

1836 – Died on the 7th of April in Whitehall Yard, Westminster, London, England.

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