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Edmund Burke
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Politician
    (January 12, 1729-July 9, 1797)
    Born in Dublin, United Kingdom
    British author and long time member of Parliament
    Graduate of Trinity College
    Wrote 'Reflections on the Revolution in France,' 'Thoughts and Details on Scarcity,' 'A Vindication of Natural Society,' 'A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful' and 'Thoughts on the Present Discontents'
    Considered the founder of modern conservatism
    Established the oldest undergraduate society in the world, The College Historical Society
    He was raised in the protestant Church of Ireland by his protestant father, his Catholic mother raised his sister Catholic and his parents sent him to a Quaker school.
    He called himself Irish or English depending on the audience.
    He moved to England from Ireland after college to pursue a career in politics.
    He opposed the American Revolution.
    He did nothing to oppose slavery in the Empire.
    Thomas Paine and Mary Wollenstonecraft (mother of Mary Shelley) both wrote against 'Reflections on the Revolution in France.'
    Karl Marx and Winston Churchill both hated him.
    He lost one of his sons when he was an infant.
    Although he opposed the American Revolution, prior to it, he supported many of the causes the colonists had supported.
    He also supported rights for Catholics and the people of India.
    He opposed capital punishment.
    He denounced Jean Jacques Rousseau.
    Economist Adam Smith was a fan.
    He wanted the British Empire to have a moral underpinning and not just exist to make money.

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