Henry Peter Brougham, Baron Brougham and Vaux

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The literary work of Henry Brougham, Lord Brougham and Vaux, is probably outweighed by his political activities, but he remains important to literary history not just for his major contributions at the founding and during the first decades of The Edinburgh Review, but also for his ongoing commitment to working-class education. Born in Edinburgh on 19 September, 1778, Brougham came from a well-to-do family from the north of England. He was educated at the Edinburgh High School and the University of Edinburgh, after which he attempted to practice law. Unfortunately, like a number of other young Scottish lawyers of that generation – notably his friend Francis Jeffrey – Brougham found that his liberal political views …

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Perkins, Pam. "Henry Peter Brougham, Baron Brougham and Vaux". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2008
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