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Henry FAWCETT

economist

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

Background

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

Education

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

Career

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.

Achievements

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

Works