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Jeremiah Bentham (1748 - 1832)

Jeremiah (Jeremy) Bentham
Born in Red Lion St, Aldgate, London, Englandmap
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Brother of [half], [half], [half], [half] and
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in London, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Oct 2018
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Jeremiah was born in 1747/8. He was christened on 14 Feb 1748 in St Botolph Without Aldgate. He died in 1832 at the age of 85. According to his entry on findagrave, his body was dissected on public display in a medical amphitheatre a few days after his death. and is on display in a glass cabinet in UCL in Bloomsbury, London, England.

Status: Never Married.


Note: In 1792 Samuel and Jeremy Bentham conveyed the manor to William Brown. (CP 43/923 ro. 41. 'Waltham Holy Cross: Introduction and manors', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 5 (1966), pp. 151-162.

Note: Lincoln's Inn Jeremy Bentham lived here in 1766-1792, at 1 Elm Court and at 6 Old Buildings. Note: baptised Jeremiah.

biog Note: Although known today as Jeremy Bentham, his name was Jeremiah like his. father, and his father before him, "Jeremy" being a familiar version of. "Jeremiah".

His father Jeremiah was an attorney and clerk to the Scrivener's Company, who. had "...amassed a considerable fortune through dealing in property" (Source). Jeremy's mother Alicia died in 1759 when Jeremy was only eleven years old. Seven. years later, his father married again, to a widow with two sons, the second of. whom, Charles Abbott, "...became a successful and distinguished lawyer and. politician." (Source) Charles was created Baron Colchester in 1817.

Jeremy Bentham was something of a child prodigy, graduating from Queen's. College, Oxford in 1764 when he was but 16 years old. Although outwardly. affectionate toward his father, he was bitter as well, possibly because the. elder Jeremiah had pushed him hard toward the profession of law, a calling for. which Jeremy had complete contempt. Instead, he devoted himself to study and. writing and, for much of his career, Jeremy made occasional money through. journalism and from an allowance from his father.

In 1774, Jeremy fell in love with Polly Dunkley, a girl of 17, but she was. without income or prospects, so his father put a stop to that relationship. Instead his father found a suitable match in a Miss Stratton and Jeremy paid her. court but the relationship went nowhere. Jeremy Bentham never married, and is. not known to have had any illegitimate children either.

He wrote voraciously, but did not publish much of his own volition, always. attempting to polish his works more, rather his works were either published by. others, or published after his death. A work baring his name, "Rationale of. Punishment", was not published until some thirty years after he had penned the. material. It was however edited together, from various manuscripts, by the. publisher, who also edited out a great deal of the skepticism and irreligious. commentary. He died 6 Jun 1832.


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