John Locke, 1632 - 1704

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Born: 29 August 1632, Wrington, Somerset, England
Died: 29 October 1704, Essex, England

At fifteen Locke was sent to Westminster School at London, then was admitted to Christ Church, Oxford where he chafed at studying Aristotle when more recent philosophy was available, notable Descartes. He got his bachelor's degree in 1656 and master's in 1658. In 1666 he made the acquaintance of Lord Ashley (the Earl of Shaftesbury from 1672) and became a member of that household, serving as both a political aide and domestic manager, as well as managing his lordship's medical affairs. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1668. Having studied some medicine at Oxford he earned a medical degree in 1674. He held a number of significant government positions allied with Shaftesbury, then fled to Holland before the Glorious Revolution of 1688, returning five years later. The bulk of his published work comes from the period after his return. He had a great influence on Voltaire and several of America's Founding Fathers, some of his text appears verbatim in the Declaration of Independence.

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