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Edmund Burke
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Painting of Edmund Burke MP c.  1767, studio of Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792)
Rector of the University of Glasgow
In office
1783–1785
Preceded by Henry Dundas
Succeeded by Robert Graham Bontine
Paymaster of the Forces
In office
16 April 1783 – 8 January 1784
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Duke of Portland
William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by Isaac Barré
Succeeded by William Grenville
In office
10 April 1782 – 1 August 1789
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Marquess of Rockingham
Preceded by Richard Rigby
Succeeded by Isaac Barré
Member of the British Parliament
for Malton
In office
18 October 1780 – 20 June 1794
Serving with William Weddell, Thomas Gascoigne, George Damer
Preceded by Savile Finch
Succeeded by Richard Burke Jr.
Member of the British Parliament
for Bristol
In office
4 November 1774 – 6 September 1780
Serving with Henry Cruger
Preceded by Matthew Brickdale
Succeeded by Henry Lippincott
Member of the British Parliament
for Wendover
In office
December 1765 – 5 October 1774
Serving with Richard Chandler-Cavendish, Robert Darling, Joseph Bullock
Preceded by Verney Lovett
Succeeded by John Adams
Personal details
Born (1729-01-12)12 January 1729
Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland
Died 9 July 1797(1797-07-09) (aged 68)
Beaconsfield, England
Political party Whig (Rockinghamite)
Spouse(s)
Jane Mary Nugent (m. 1757)
Children Richard Burke Jr.
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin University of Dublin
Occupation Writer, politician, journalist, philosopher

Philosophy career
Notable work
A Vindication of Natural Society

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

Reflections on the Revolution in France

Era 18th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Conservatism
Main interests
Social philosophy and political philosophy, aesthetics
Notable ideas
Aesthetic sublime, literary sublime, traditionalist conservatism
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Edmund Burke (12 January 1729-9 July 1797) was an important Irish politician, and writer. He became a member of the British Parliament with the Whigs in 1765.

Burke supported the American Revolution. He opposed the French Revolution for killing Catholics and other dissenters. His most famous book was Reflections on the Revolution in France, which created many of the ideas in conservatism.

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