Edmund Burke’s Legal Erudition and Practical Politics
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Edmund Burke’s Legal Erudition and Practical Politics: Ireland and the American Revolution. (2006). The Political Science Reviewer, 35, 66-93. https://politicalsciencereviewer.wisc.edu/index.php/psr/article/view/465


Edmund Burke (1729–1797), was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and even before he graduated from Trinity College in 1749, his father, Richard Burke, registered him as a student of law in the Middle Temple in London. At age twenty-one, in 1750, Burke went to London to study law. At that time Richard Burke was a practicing attorney in Dublin, and the understanding between father and son was that Edmund would complete his legal studies in England, be admitted to the bar, and then return to Dublin and practice law with his father. But this apparently reasonable family plan for Edmund's future life never was fulfilled, because it failed to take into account Edmund's unique nature and talents and his acquired independent and self-reliant character.