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Petty, Sir William (1623–1687), natural philosopher and administrator in Ireland

Toby Barnard

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/22069

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Petty, Sir William (1623–1687), natural philosopher and administrator in Ireland, was born at Romsey, Hampshire, on 26 May 1623, the third child of Anthony Petty (1587–1654), clothier, and his wife, Francesca (d. 1663). In later life Petty was keen to stress the obscurity of his origins in order to exaggerate his spectacular success....

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Subjects: US Politics ; US Colonial and Revolutionary History ; Colonialism and Imperialism ; Earth Sciences and Geography ; Philosophy

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