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Samuel Pepys

English naval administrator and member of parliament

1633   -   1703

country of citizenship: Kingdom of England
language of expression: English
educated at: Magdalene College, St Paul's School
occupation: politician, writer, diarist, justice of the peace
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society
position held: Member of Parliament in the Parliament of England, president of the Royal Society, Member of the 1661-79 Parliament, Member of the 1679 Parliament, Member of the 1685-87 Parliament

Samuel Pepys ( PEEPS; 23 February 1633 – 26 May 1703) was an administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament who is most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Pepys had no maritime experience, but he rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and his talent for administration. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalisation of the Royal Navy.The detailed private diary that Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 was first published in the 19th century and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London.
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Diary of Samuel Pepys

diary written by Samuel Pepys from 1660 to 1669

author: Samuel Pepys

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