27 Facts About Auberon Herbert


Auberon Edward William Molyneux Herbert was a British writer, theorist, philosopher, and 19th century individualist.

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Auberon Herbert was a son of the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon.

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Auberon Herbert was Liberal Member of Parliament for the two-member constituency of Nottingham from 1870 to 1874.

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Auberon Herbert promoted a classical liberal philosophy and took the ideas of Herbert Spencer a stage further by advocating voluntary-funded government that uses force only in defence of individual liberty and private property.

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Auberon Herbert was born at Highclere Castle on 18 June 1838.

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Auberon Herbert was the third son of the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon, and brother of Henry Herbert, the 4th Earl.

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Auberon Herbert left school early, having been elected to a founder's kin fellowship at St John's College, Oxford in 1855.

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Auberon Herbert then returned to Oxford, where he was President of the Union in Hilary Term 1862; he graduated BC L in 1862 and DC L in 1865.

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Auberon Herbert lectured in history and jurisprudence at St John's College, and resigned his fellowship in 1869.

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Auberon Herbert went to the United States during the American Civil War, and he witnessed the Siege of Richmond.

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Auberon Herbert was outside Paris during the Siege of Paris, and was one of the first to enter the city after the capitulation, being nearly shot as a spy on his way in.

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Auberon Herbert remained there during the Paris Commune in the company of his second brother, Alan Herbert, who practised medicine in Paris.

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In 1871 Auberon Herbert married Lady Florence Amabel, daughter of George Cowper, 6th Earl Cowper.

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Auberon Herbert stood as a Conservative candidate for Newport in the 1865 general election but was defeated.

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Auberon Herbert held the post of private secretary to Stafford Northcote, the President of the Board of Trade from 1866 to 1868.

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Auberon Herbert stood as a Liberal candidate for Berkshire in the 1868 election but lost.

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Auberon Herbert served as President of the fourth day of the first ever Co-operative Congress in 1869.

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Auberon Herbert took a leading part in the passing of the Protection of Wild Birds Act 1872.

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Auberon Herbert was an ardent supporter of Joseph Arch and spoke at the mass meeting at Leamington on Good Friday 1872, when the National Agricultural Labourers' Union was formed.

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Auberon Herbert retired from parliamentary life at the 1874 general election.

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Auberon Herbert took an active part in the agitation caused by the Bulgarian atrocities; organised in 1878 the great 'anti-Jingo' demonstration in Hyde Park against the expected war with Russia; and in 1880 championed the cause of Charles Bradlaugh, speaking at some of the stormy Hyde Park meetings.

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Auberon Herbert was an ardent but independent supporter of Herbert Spencer.

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Auberon Herbert's creed developed a variant of Spencerian individualism which he described as 'voluntaryism'.

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In 1884 Auberon Herbert published his best-known book, A Politician in Trouble about his Soul, a reprint with alterations and additions from The Fortnightly Review.

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Auberon Herbert then moved to the neighbourhood of Burley in the New Forest, and built, after a pre-existing building, 'The Old House, ' which was his home until his death on 5 November 1906.

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Auberon Herbert was a true anarchist in everything but name.

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Auberon Herbert argued that Herbert's support for exclusive private property would result in the poor being enslaved to the rich.

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