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Francis William Newman

(1805—1897) classical scholar and moral philosopher


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Francis Newman (‘Frank’) was born in London on 27 June 1805 and died in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset on 4 October 1897. He was the youngest of three brothers and always lived in the shadow of the eldest son, John Henry Newman. The middle brother, Charles Robert, was the black sheep of the family who repeatedly got into financial difficulties, espoused unconventional social views, denounced his family and at one time was a declared atheist. Their father, John Newman, was a banker who became an unsuccessful brewer after his bank failed. Although John Newman was said to have learned his morality more from Shakespeare than from the Bible, religion played an important role in the Newman household, and both John Henry and Frank fell under the spell of the Revd George Nicholas, whose school in Ealing, west London, they attended. Frank then followed his brother to Oxford, where they lodged together for some time before Frank went into residence at Worcester College.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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