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Colquhoun, Patrick (1745–1820)

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Colquhoun was born in Dundee. A successful early career in business led to the position of Lord Provost of Glasgow in 1782 and 1783. In 1789 Colquhoun moved to London and became active as a magistrate. He worked on the provision of poor relief and put forward plans for the reform of London’s police. He died in London in 1820.

This chapter was originally published in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, 2008. Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume

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O’Brien, D.P. (2008). Colquhoun, Patrick (1745–1820). In: The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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