Died: May 30, 1877 - Frampton Court, Dorchester, Dorset, England
Educated at Harvard University, Motley studied briefly in Europe before returning to America to study law. He soon abandoned his studies for a literary career. In 1840, he was sent to St. Petersburg as the Secretary of Legation and shortly thereafter spent a number of years in Holland and Germany. In 1856, he published The Rise of the Dutch Republic, a serious historical study which received a great deal of acclaim. He followed this with The History of the United Netherlands (1860-67) and The Life of John Barneveld (1874). Motley was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to Austria in 1861 and held that post until 1867. In 1869 he was appointed Minister to England. Motley contributed numerous essays and papers on historical subjects to many journals of the day and his other works include Mortons Hope: The Memoirs of a Provincial (1839) and Merry Mount (1849).
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Causes of the Civil War in America
The History of the United Netherlands: 1584-1609
The Life & Death of John of Barneveld
The Rise of the Dutch Republic
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