Richard Cantillon

(c. 1680—1734) banker and economist

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(d. 1735), economist and financier. Born in Co. Kerry, Cantillon began his career as a financial agent for the British army in Spain, then made a spectacular banking career in France, exploiting contacts with the Jacobite court. He was murdered in mysterious circumstances at his London house. His General Essay on Commerce, published 1755, is regarded as a landmark in the understanding of economic processes.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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