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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Residence: Naples
BirthDay: 10 January 1834
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Died On: June 19, 1902
Education: St. Mary's College, Oscott

Lord Acton was bornon 10 January 1834 in Naples, Italian, British. John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, better known as Lord Acton, was an English Catholic historian and politician who had once served as a Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth and Carlow Borough. He was called the ‘magistrate of history’ and considered to be one of the most prominent and learned Englishmen of the 19th century. He was well versed in several languages like English, French, German and Italian and was personally acquainted with several noted historians and philosophers from Europe and America. He is very famous for his remark, ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. He was an independent scholar who believed in the using scientific methods to study history and also played a significant role in the liberal Catholic movement. He studied under the noted church historian Ignaz von Dollinger and was deeply influenced by him. He was interested in politics from an early age and became a member of the House of Commons from the Irish constituency of Carlow. He spent much of his time traveling around the intellectual centers in the Europe and the United States. A strong defender of religious and political freedom, he served as the editor of the journal ‘The Rambler’ and wrote extensively on topics related to social, political, and religious ideas and issues.


He was made the Regius Professor of Modern History in Cambridge in 1895


In 1878, his essay on ‘Democracy in Europe’ was published in the ‘Quarterly Review’


Two of his lectures on ‘The History of Freedom in Antiquity’ and ‘The History of Freedom in Christianity’ which he delivered at Bridgnorth in 1877 were among his few published works


Along with his mentor Dollinger, he opposed the First Vatican Council’s moves to disseminate the doctrine of papal infallibility in 1870


His parliamentary career ended after the general election of 1865 in which he lost his seat


He merged the paper into the ‘Home and Foreign Review’ in 1862


He became the editor of the Roman Catholic monthly paper, ‘The Rambler’ in 1859


In 1855, he was appointed as the Deputy Lieutenant of Salop

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