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John Stuart Mill

(1806 - 1873)

Born in 1806 to Scottish historian, philosopher, and economist James Mill, John Stuart Mill was given a rigorous and extensive education by his father, learning Greek by age three and algebra by age eight. In 1823, at age seventeen, he began working for the British East India Company, where he served in a variety of capacities until 1858, when the British government nationalized the company. A prolific philosopher, economist, and political theorist, Mill remarked to his stepdaughter shortly before his death in 1873, “You know that I have done my work.” He published Principles of Political Economy in 1848, On Liberty in 1859, and Utilitarianism in 1861. He won a local seat to Parliament in 1865, refusing to canvas for his cause or to pander to the local business. While there, he supported, among other causes, capital punishment, women’s rights, and Irish land reform.

All Writing

Trade is a social act.

—John Stuart Mill, 1859

Voices In Time

1869 | Avignon

Partners in Crime

John Stuart Mill looks at marriage and sees injustice.More

Voices In Time

1859 | London

An Examined Life

John Stuart Mill defends the power of the individual.More

Voices In Time

c. 1813 | London

Reading List

John Stuart Mill turns the page. More

Voices In Time

1854 | London

Morbid Diary

John Stuart Mill anticipates the end.More

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