Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, Baron, 1834-1902

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Birth 1834-01-10
Death 1902-06-19
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English

Biographical notes:

English historian.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to Dr. Northcote, 1862 Mar. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270129748

John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, the first Baron Acton, was an English aristocrat and historian. His Catholicism influenced his early life, and he travelled throughout Western Europe and the United States. He had a brief Parliamentary career, but remained an important advisor to the Liberal government of William Gladstone. He wrote, edited, and taught some, but his largest influence came in private friendships with powerful men. A staunch Liberal and moral philosopher, he is remembered for observing, Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

From the description of John Acton letter to Dr. Appleton, 1876? Feb. 2. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 62589887

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  • Male authors, English--Correspondence
  • Nobility--Correspondence

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