Carey, Henry Charles, 1793-1879

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Birth 1793-12-15
Death 1879-10-13

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Henry Carey, American economist, was born in Philadelphia and initially devoted himself to the publishing business, which he inherited from his father. He was also interested in economics and in 1836 he published an article entitled, Essay on the rate of wages - subsequently expanded into a 3 vol. work: The principles of political economy, 1837-1840. Carey published numerous other books and essays and his writings were read worldwide, especially in Europe. Other works include, The slave trade...(1853).

From the description of Letter, 1879 Oct. 7. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122526076

American political economist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burlington [NJ], to Mr. Gales, 1853 May 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133326

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Mr. Hart, [no year] Sept. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133533

American economist and publisher.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to Carey & Hart, [18]39 Aug. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 709584020

Philadelphia, Pa. resident.

From the description of Papers, 1860-1874. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 36815840

Henry Charles Carey was a Pennsylvania publisher and author, best known for his commentaries on political economy. Born in Philadelphia, Carey was largely educated by his Irish immigrant father, publisher Mathew Carey, and gradually joined the family publishing firm. He amassed a considerable fortune and retired in 1835, and began publishing works on political economy, gradually becoming one of the most influential supporters of protectionism, as opposed to free trade. He also understood the connection between politics and economics, culminating in his last great work, Principles of Social Science. Carey had some significant political connections, and was an economic advisor to President Abraham Lincoln.

From the description of Henry C. Carey letter to Frederick Fraley, 1840 June 2. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 146208968


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