Francis Horner

(1778—1817) politician

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Horner had an influence and standing out of all proportion to his career or achievements. Born and educated in Edinburgh, he was called to the bar in 1800. Two years later he joined Francis Jeffrey and Sydney Smith in launching the Edinburgh Review as a radical Whig journal. He was brought into Parliament in 1806 and made a reputation as a financial expert, chairing an important committee on bullion. He left England at the end of 1816 in search of health and died in Italy aged 38.

Subjects: Economics — British History.

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