John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

British politician and historian

Date of Birth: 10-Jan-1834

Place of Birth: Naples, Campania, Italy

Date of Death: 19-Jun-1902

Profession: writer, politician, historian, pedagogue, university teacher, journalist, philosopher

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

  • John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, 13th Marquess of Groppoli, (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902), was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer.
  • He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet, and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral and prime minister Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet.
  • Between 1837 and 1869 he was known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Baronet. He is perhaps best known for the remark, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  • Great men are almost always bad men...", which he made in a letter to an Anglican bishop.

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