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John Locke, FRS (1632–1704) was an influential English philosopher and physician widely known as the father of classical liberalism. The son of an attorney in a middle-class family, Locke attended Oxford and studied medicine. The first earl of Shaftesbury introduced Locke to the world of politics, and early in their association, Locke served as secretary of the Board of Trade and Plantations and secretary to the Lords Proprietors of the Carolinas. In 1696, Locke was made Commissioner of Trade, a position he held for several years. His most well-known works include Two Treatises on Government (1689) and An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690).
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