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Burke, Edmund locked

(b Dublin, Jan 12, 1729; d Beaconsfield, Bucks, July 9, 1797).
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British statesman, philosopher and writer. Following studies at Trinity College, Dublin, he enrolled in 1750 at the Middle Temple, London, but soon abandoned the study of law and devoted the rest of his life to politics and writing. In 1765 he became MP for Wendover, and his eloquence and ability enabled him to rise rapidly in the Whig party; his political writings were widely admired. In ...

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