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David Ricardo

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Death: May 17, 1864 (60)
Immediate Family:

Son of David Ricardo and Priscilla Ann Wilkinson
Husband of Catherine St. Quintin
Father of Henry David Ricardo; son and daughter
Brother of Osman Ricardo; Henrietta or Netty Ricardo; Mortimer Ricardo; Birtha Ricardo; Priscilla or Sylla Ricardo and 2 others

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About David Ricardo

David, b. 18 May 1803 at Mile End. He was at Charterhouse, 1812–1815; had a tutor at home, James Hitchings, 1815–1818; went in 1818 to the private school at Sunninghill, near Windsor, kept by Hitchings after leaving Gatcomb Park. At the age of seventeen he went up to Cambridge as a pensioner of Trinity College, matriculating in 1820, graduating as B.A. in 1824 and taking his M.A. in 1829. He was married at Sunbury on 1 June 1824 to Catherine (1802–1871), youngest daughter of William Thomas St Quintin, of Scampston Hall, Yorkshire. He inherited from his father Gatcomb Park which became his seat. There were two sons and a daughter of the marriage.

He was returned as one of the two members for the newly enfranchised borough of Stroud in the first Reformed Parliament on 13 Dec. 1832, defeating by a narrow majority George Poulett Scrope, the political economist. The election gave rise to a spate of abusive pamphlets, some of which are listed in F. A. Hyett and W. Bazeley’s Bibliographer’s Manual to Gloucestershire Literature, 1896, vol. ii, p. 312. Soon after, he took the Chiltern Hundreds, and Scrope was elected in his place on 27 May 1833. For many years, until 1856, he was chairman of the Stroud Board of Guardians. He wrote several pamphlets, chiefly on social topics, which are listed as follows by Hyett and Bazeley: Emigration considered as a means of Relief in the present distressed Condition of the Poor in this Neighbourhood, Stroud, 1833, pp. 12; Rebecca at Stroud; or, a few Words about Turnpike Trusts, London, 1847, 15 pp.; Medical Relief; A Plan of Medical Relief, laid before the Board of Guardians of the Stroud Union, on Friday, 1st of June, 1849, with some observations thereon, ‘By David Ricardo, Esq., Chairman’, Stroud, 1849, 22 pp.

He died on 17 May 1864. His first son having died in infancy, he was succeeded at Gatcombe by his second son, Henry David (1833–1873). The latter had five sons and six daughters, the eldest son being Lt.-Col. Henry George Ricardo, R.A., D.S.O. (1860–1940), the last proprietor of Gatcombe.

David Ricardo (1803 – 17 May 1864) was a British Liberal Member of Parliament. He was the son of David Ricardo of Gatcombe Park and educated at Charterhouse School (1812-1815) and Trinity College, Cambridge. He succeeded his father in 1823, inheriting the family seat at Gatcombe Park.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Gloucestershire for 1830–31. [1] and elected MP for Stroud in 1832 [2] but "took the Chiltern Hundreds" in 1833.

He married Catherine, the daughter of William Thomas St Quintin, of Scampston Hall, Yorkshire, and had two sons and a daughter. He was succeeded at Gatcombe by his second son, Henry David, his first son having died in infancy.[3]

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David Ricardo's Timeline

May 18, 1803
London, United Kingdom
March 8, 1833
Age 29
May 17, 1864
Age 60