Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke PC (12 January 1729– 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party.

He is mainly remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. The latter led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party, which he dubbed the "Old Whigs", in opposition to the pro–French Revolution "New Whigs", led by Charles James Fox.

Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals in the 19th century. Since the 20th century, he has generally been viewed as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism, as well as a representative of classical liberalism.

Read more about Edmund BurkeEarly Life, Member of Parliament, American War of Independence, Paymaster of The Forces, Democracy, India and The Impeachment of Warren Hastings, French Revolution: 1688 Versus 1789, Later Life, Legacy, Timeline Summary

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Famous quotes by edmund burke:

    Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

    A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)