1772 – He was born on the 18th day of April of this year in London, Great Britain. He was the third of seventeen children in a Sephardic Jewish family (from Portugal) that emigrated from the Netherlands to Great Britain just prior to his birth.
1786 – At age 14, after a brief schooling in Holland, Ricardo joined his father at the London Stock Exchange, where he began to learn about the workings of finance. This beginning set the stage for Ricardo’s later success in the stock market and real estate.
1799 – He became interested in economics after reading Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations in this year on a vacation to the English resort of Bath. This was his first contact with economics. He wrote his first economics article at age 37 and within another ten years, he reached the height of his fame.
1814 – Ricardo’s work with the stock exchange made him quite wealthy, which allowed him to retire from business in this year at the age of 42. He then purchased and moved to Gatcombe Park, an estate in Gloucestershire.
1819 – Ricardo took a seat in the House of Commons as the MP for Portarlington, an Irish borough. He held the seat until his death.
1823 – He died on the 11th day of September of this year in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.
1846 – In this year, his nephew, John Lewis Ricardo, MP for Stoke-on-Trent, advocated free trade and the repeal of the Corn Laws.