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Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles , was a Scottish author and government reformer who campaigned on a Chartist platform. But he concluded that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws. His masterpiece, Self-Help , promoted thrift and claimed that poverty was caused largely by irresponsible habits, while also attacking materialism and laissez-faire government. It has been called "the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism", and it raised Smiles to celebrity status almost overnight.

Birth: 23 December 1812

Died: 16 April 1904 (age 91)

Nickname: Samuel Smiles

Known for: Biographies and self-help books

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