Did Your 1700s Ancestors Know This Philosopher?
Edmund Burke was born in Dublin, January 12, 1729, was educated at a Quaker boarding school and at Trinity College, Dublin. He was elected to the British Parliament and was known as an eloquent orator, an outstanding politician and brilliant philosopher.
During his life, Burke was an outspoken critic of the excesses of the French Revolution, including the beheading of royalty, including Marie Antoinette. Burke is one of the most quoted politicians of the 18th Century. About the French Queen’s death he said:
“I thought that ten thousand swords would have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her [Marie Antoinette] with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded.”
During Burke’s lifetime, George III was crowned king, the Seven Years’ War ended, Gibbon wrote the first volume of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, the American colonies declared revolution, the Industrial Revolution occurred in Britain, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, and John Adams became the second President of the United States.
Of rebellion, Burke wrote “”A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.”
How much about Edmund Burke would your ancestor have known?