Lived: Sep 13, 1660 – Apr 24, 1731 (age 70)
Spouse: Mary Tuffley (m. 1684 – 1731)
Children: Sophia Baker (Daughter) · ?? 5th Daughter of Daniel Defoe (Daughter) · ?? 1st Daughter of Daniel Defoe (Daughter) · ?? 2nd Daughter of Daniel Defoe (Daughter) · ?? 3rd Daughter of Daniel Defoe (Daughter) · ?? 2nd Son of Daniel Defoe (Son) · ?? 1st son of Daniel Defoe (Son) · ?? 4th Daughter of Daniel Defoe (Daughter)
Parents: James Foe (Father) · Annie Defoe (Mother)
Buried: Bunhill FieldsHighlights
- 1684: On 1 January 1684, Defoe married Mary Tuffley at St Botolph’s Aldgate.
- 1697: Defoe’s first notable publication was An essay upon projects, a series of proposals for social and economic improvement, published in 1697.
- 1706: By September 1706, Harley ordered Defoe to Edinburgh as a secret agent to do everything possible to help secure acquiescence in the Treaty of Union.
- 1708: When Harley was ousted from the ministry in 1708, Defoe continued writing the Review to support Godolphin, then again to support Harley and the Tories in the Tory ministry of 1710–14.
- 1726: Published in 1726, The Complete English Tradesman is an example of Defoe’s political works.
- 1731: Daniel Defoe died on 24 April 1731, probably while in hiding from his creditors.
Portrait of Daniel Defoe, National Maritime Museum, London
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