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Unformatted text preview: Greg Whipple Themes in Modern History Presentation Adam Smith Adam Smith Pioneer of Modern Economic Theory Birth Unknown; Baptized on June 5 th , 1723 Death July 17 th , 1790; Before his death, in 1790, Smith had two colleagues burn sixteen volumes of unfinished manuscript. He was buried in Edinburgh, Scotland, at Canongate Cemetery. Place of Birth Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland; His father died six months before his birth; He developed a strong relationship with his mother, Margaret Douglas. Smith was committed to his mother and therefore never got married. He lived with her and his cousin for the last 15 years of his life. Early childhood At the age of four, Smith was captured by a band of gypsies, he was later rescued by his uncle and returned to his mother. He attended the University of Glasgow in Scotland by the age of fourteen. Francis Hutcheson was Smiths moral philosophy teacher and his first major influence. Smith developed a strong devotion to the study of liberty, reason, and free speech. Oxford In June 1740, Smith received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Balliol College at Oxford. However, his experience did not suite his intellectual capacity as the teachers did not take their job seriously. Smith left Oxford in 1746 before his scholarship ran out....
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