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Samuel Smiles

Author Code: ESAS

Born: Dec. 23, 1812 - Haddington, Scotland

Died: Apr. 16, 1904 - Kensington, London, England

Educated in medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Smiles took an early interest in politics and published several articles on parliamentary reform during his student years. After graduating in 1832, he practiced medicine for a number of years in Haddington. Continuing to write on parliamentary reform, he was invited to become the editor of the Leeds Times in 1837. In 1840, he was appointed Secretary to the Leeds Parliamentary Reform Association. In 1845, he resigned from the Leeds Times to become Secretary of the Leeds and Thirsk Railway and in 1854 moved to the South-Eastern Railway. During the 1850's he became a proponent of self-help and published Self-Help in 1859, which stressed self-improvement and industriousness. The concept would be the subject of many of his works, including many biographies of men who he considered to be role models. His other works include The Life of George Stephenson (1857), Lives of the Engineers - 3 Vols. (1862), Boulton and Watt (1865), Character (1871), Thrift (1875), George Moore (1878), Men of Invention and Industry (1884), Life and Labour (1887), Josiah Wedgwood (1894) and his Autobiography (1905 Posthumous).

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ESAS001 Character 1871 162 925k eBook Download PDF - 'Character' (ESAS001) Find a printed copy of Character by Samuel Smiles at AbeBooks
ESAS002 Men of Invention and Industry 1884 155 809k eBook Download PDF - 'Men of Invention and Industry' (ESAS002) Find a printed copy of Men of Invention and Industry by Samuel Smiles at AbeBooks

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