Samuel Bailey

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Samuel Bailey
Era19th-century philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolUtilitarianism
Liberalism
Main interests
Economics
Political philosophy
Inductive Logic

Samuel Bailey (5 July 1791 – 18 January 1870) was a British philosopher and writer. He was called the "Bentham of Hallamshire".[1]

Life[change | change source]

Critical dissertation on the nature, measures, and causes of value, 1931

Samuel Bailey was born at Sheffield on 5 July 1791. He was the son of Joseph Bailey and Mary Eadon. His father was one of the first of those Sheffield merchants who went to the United States to establish trade connections. After a few years in his father's business, he retired with a fortune from all business concerns, with the exception of the Sheffield Banking Company, where he was chairman for many years. Although he was an avid liberal, he did not take part in political affairs very much. On only two occasions he ran for Sheffield as a "Radicals (UK)|philosophic radical", but he did not win.

He died on 18 January 1870, leaving over £80,000 to the town trustees of Sheffield so that it can be used for the public.

References[change | change source]

  1. Elliott, Ebenezer. The Poetical Works of Ebenezer Elliott. 2 volumes. London: King & Co., 1876. vol. 1, p. 127.