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Richard Price (1723–1791)

Price, Richard. A notable English philosopher and man of science; born at Tynton in Glamorganshire, Feb. 23, 1723; died on April 19, 1791. He was a Dissenting minister, and was pastor of a congregation at Hackney. He was the friend of Benjamin Franklin, and sympathized warmly with the American colonists. His tables of vital statistics and calculations of expectancy of life were the basis of modern annuities and life insurance. His principal writings are: ‘An Appeal to the Public on the Subject of the National Debt’ (1771); ‘Civil Liberty and the Justice and Policy of the War with America’ (1776); ‘Review of the Principal Questions in Morals’ (3d ed. 1787); ‘The American Revolution and the Means of Rendering it a Benefit to the World’ (1784).