Arthur Latham Perry
1830 – 1905
Who was Arthur Latham Perry?
He graduated from Williams College in 1852 and was Orrin Sage Professor of history and political economy there from 1853 to 1891, when he became professor emeritus. He advocated free trade, and in 1868-69 publicly debated this question with Horace Greeley in Boston and New York. His book Political Economy went through 22 editions during his life, and his Introduction to Political Economy went through five editions. His final statement came in 1891 with his Principles of Political Economy.
Though he was the "most widely read American economist of his time", with his texts taking only third place in sales behind those of Adam Smith and J.S. Mill, his name does not appear in most histories of economics, such as that of Joseph Schumpeter. The reason for this later neglect may lie in the general decreased reputation for the scholarship of the French Liberal School of Frédéric Bastiat, the general approach of which Perry carried on. Perry conceived of economics as the "science of Buying and Selling," or, as Richard Whately earlier termed it, catallactics.
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