Charles Buller

(1806—1848) politician and wit

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Charles Buller was born in Calcutta on 6 August 1806 and died in London on 29 November 1848. Buller enjoyed the tutelage and warm friendship of Thomas Carlyle in Edinburgh from the age of sixteen. At Trinity College, Cambridge he distinguished himself as an ‘Apostle’, and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1831. He assumed his father's seat in Parliament for West Looe in 1830, but after the Reform Bill, was elected Member of Parliament for Liskeard. In 1838 he was appointed Lord Durham's chief secretary on his mission to Canada. In 1846 he accepted a minor post as judge-advocate-general in the Whig ministry of Russell, and in 1847 the office of Chief Poor Law Commissioner. His untimely death was on 28 November 1848.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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