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Henry FAWCETT, economist. Member of Parliament Brighton, 1865-1874, Hackney, 1874-1884; United Kingdom Postmaster-General, 1880-1884; Fellow, Royal Society, 1882.


  • FAWCETT, Henry was born in 1833 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1856.


    • Blinded in a shooting accident at the age of 25, he nevertheless enjoyed a most distinguished career as member of parliament, cabinet minister and professor of economics. His Manual.. is in effect a popularisation of the ideas of his friend J. S. Mill, and as such enjoyed great success as a textbook throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. The level of analysis is, however, unremarkable, with a dogmatic presentation of laissez-faire and a strict adherence to the wages fund theory.

      He was the first salaried professor of political economy at Cambridge University, and was Marshall’s predecessor in the chair. Fellow, Trinity Hall, Professor Political Economics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1856-1884, 1863-1884.

    Major achievements

    • Member of Parliament Brighton, 1865-1874, Hackney, 1874-1884. United Kingdom Postmaster-General, 1880-1884. Fellow, Royal Society, 1882.


    • Manual of Political Economy
    • Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos.
    • Manual of Political Economy
    • This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work.
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    Born 1833
    Died 1884
    (aged 50)