British historian, known as Lord Acton
Acton Institute


John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, KCVO (January 10, 1834 - June 19, 1902), was an English historian, the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet and grandson of the Neapolitan admiral, Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet. He was born at Naples. ..."

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10 Jan 1834, in Naples, Italy


Laissez Faire Books
Lord Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902), Religion & Liberty, Jan 1993

Web Pages

About Lord Acton
Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Acton Bio: The Online Library of Liberty
Includes several books, lectures and essays, in HTML and PDF format
Lord Acton - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government


Great Thinkers: Lord Acton, by Jim Powell
Lord Acton on Liberty and Government, by Gary M. Galles, Mises Daily, 11 Nov 2002
"Because of his concern with freedom, Lord Acton was intensely interested in and concerned about America's experiment in liberty. And he left no doubt about how important our founding was to the cause of liberty throughout the world ..."


The Acton-Lee Correspondence, by John Dalberg-Acton, 4 Nov 1866
Exchange of letters between Lord Acton and Robert E. Lee
"I saw in State Rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will ... I believed that the example of that great Reform would have blessed all the races of mankind by establishing true freedom purged of the native dangers and disorders of Republics."
The History of Freedom in Antiquity, by John Dalberg-Acton, 26 Feb 1877
Surveys the ancient history of liberty, both from the side of rulers (despots, Solon, Pericles, Roman Republic and Empire) and philosophers (Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics), and the later influence of Christianity
"In every age [liberty's] progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food. ... By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes his duty, against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. ... Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end."

Books Authored

Essays in Religion, Politics, and Morality: (Selected Writings of Lord Acton)
    by John Dalberg-Acton, 1988
Related Topic: Politics