John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, 13th Marquess of Groppoli, KCVO, DL (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902), better known as Lord Acton, was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet,[1] and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral and prime minister Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet.[2][3] Between 1837 and 1869 he was known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Baronet.

The Lord Acton
Member of Parliament
for Bridgnorth
In office
25 July 1865  1866
Serving with John Pritchard
Preceded byHenry Whitmore
Succeeded byHenry Whitmore
Member of Parliament
for Carlow Borough
In office
19 May 1859  25 July 1865
Preceded byJohn Alexander
Succeeded byThomas Stock
Personal details
Born
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

10 January 1834
Naples, Two Sicilies
Died19 June 1902(1902-06-19) (aged 68)
Tegernsee, Bavaria
German Empire
NationalityBritish
Political partyLiberal Party
EducationOscott College
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
OccupationHistorian; politician

He is perhaps best known for the remark, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men...", which he made in a letter to an Anglican bishop.[4]


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