The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Huskisson, William (1770–1830)

  • Roy Green
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Huskisson is better remembered for the manner of his death than for his not inconsiderable achievements as a statesman and economist. While it is true that he enjoyed ‘little success in public life compared with that which his rare abilities should have commanded’ (Dictionary of National Biography), there were few major debates which were not enhanced by his contribution. Huskisson first entered Parliament in 1796 and remained a member, with only one short break, for over 30 years. He served in the cabinet from 1823, and held a number of key government posts, including Secretary of the Treasury, President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. He figured prominently in the Bullion controversy and the subsequent discussion on the resumption of cash payments; and he initiated the process of tariff reform which was to culminate in the repeal of the Corn Laws.

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