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Samuel Smiles
  • Name: Samuel Smiles
  • Born: 12/23/1812
  • Died: 04/16/1904 (91 years old)
  • Known for: Biographies and self-help books

Samuel Smiles (23 December 1812 – 16 April 1904) was a Scottish author and government reformer. Although he campaigned on a Chartist platform, he concluded that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws. His masterpiece, Self-Help (1859), 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 raised Smiles to celebrity status almost overnight.

Notable Works: Self-Help

Birth Place: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Death Place: Kensington, London, England

Source: Wikipedia

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