Thomas Babington Macaulay

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Thomas Babington Macaulay became one of the most popular writers of his day, his History of England rivalling even Dickens in popularity, both in England and America. This fame for his History capped a life in which he had already achieved renown for his oratory in the House of Commons and his writings in the Edinburgh Review.

Macaulay was born on October 25th, 1800, at Rothley Temple in Leicestershire, the country seat of his uncle, Thomas Babington, after whom he was named. Babington was active in the anti-slavery movement with his brother-in-law, Zachary Macaulay, Thomas’s father. Zachary Macaulay, the son of a Scottish Presbyterian minister, had converted to abolitionism and Evangelicalism …

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Goldfarb, Sheldon. "Thomas Babington Macaulay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2016
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