Doubleday was born in February 1790 in Newcastle upon Tyne. He died at Bulman's Village, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 18 December 1870. He was the son of George Doubleday, the head of Doubleday and Easterby, soap and vitriol manufacturers. Doubleday's uncle Robert was a distinguished classical scholar, theologian and philanthropist, who inspired Doubleday to a taste for literature. Doubleday became a partner in the company on his father's death, but took no active part in it. When the firm failed, Doubleday worked as registrar of births, marriages and deaths in the parish of St Andrew's in Newcastle, a post he held until he became secretary to the coal trade. In 1798 Doubleday published a small book of poems; in 1803 he published a tragedy. Both of them attracted attention for their quality. He also wrote three dramas: The Statue Wife, Diocletian and Caius Marius.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.