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John Lothrop Motley (1814–1877)

Motley, John Lothrop. A distinguished American historian and diplomatist; born at Dorchester, MA, April 15, 1814; died in Dorsetshire, England, May 29, 1877. Originally a lawyer, he wrote two novels, became interested in historical research, chose Dutch history for his field, and spent years in Holland working up the original sources. The chief fruits were: ‘Rise of the Dutch Republic’ (3 vols., 1856); ‘History of the United Netherlands’ (4 vols., 1860–68); ‘Life of John of Barneveld’ (1874). He was United States minister to Austria (1861–67), and to Great Britain (1869–70). After 1868 he resided in England. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).