Richard Cobden’s Bicentennial

by Don Boudreaux on June 3, 2004

in History

Today is the bicentennial of the birth of Richard Cobden, founder of The Economist, a founder of the Anti-Corn Law League, and partner in this League with John Bright in successfully campaigning for Britain’s great move toward free trade in 1846. (It wasn’t a completely successful campaign, however.  See Nye.) Cobden was one of history’s greatest advocates of free trade – hence, he was one of history’s greatest advocates of civilization.

Happy birthday, Mr. Cobden.

I thank John Blundell for alerting me to this nice remembrance of Cobden, by Peter Clarke, in The Scotsman.


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