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Sir John Bowring

(1792—1872) politician, diplomatist, and writer


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(1792–1872), propagated and applied radical and Benthamite ideas across a wide range of public life, while his translations and advocacy significantly broadened English acquaintance with European folk literature.

Descended from an old Devon family in the woollen trade, Bowring's indifferent early education was redeemed by the informal tutelage of the Unitarian minister, Lant Carpenter (1780–1840). Employed by firms trading to Spain, in Exeter, and after 1811 in London, Bowring mastered Spanish and became deeply involved in radical activity. In 1820 he entered the inner circle of Jeremy Bentham, becoming co-editor of the Westminster Review and subsequently editor of Bentham's works.

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From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).


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