|Born||29 December 1849|
|Died||10 June 1919 69) (aged|
|Known for||Establishment of economic history in Britain|
Adèle Rebecca Dunlop(m. 1876)
|Church||Church of England|
|Archdeacon of Ely (1907–1919)|
|Thesis||The Influence of Descartes on Metaphysical Speculation in England (1876)|
|Influences||F. D. Maurice|
|School or tradition||English historical school of economics|
|Notable students||Ellen McArthur|
|Notable works||The Growth of English Industry and Commerce (1882)|
William Cunningham(29 December 1849 – 10 June 1919) was a Scottish economic historian and Anglican priest. He was a proponent of the historical method in economics and an opponent of free trade.
Cunningham was born in Edinburgh, Scotland,the third son of James Cunningham, Writer to the Signet. Educated at the Edinburgh Institution (taught by Robert McNair Ferguson, amongst others), the Edinburgh Academy, the University of Edinburgh, and Trinity College, Cambridge, he graduated BA in 1873, having gained first-class honours in the moral science tripos.
Cunningham took holy orders in 1873, later serving as chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1880 to 1891. [ citation needed ] in which year he was appointed Tooke Professor of Economy and Statistics at King's College, London, a post which he held until 1897. He was lecturer in economic history at Harvard University (c. 1899), and Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge (1885). He became vicar of Great St Mary's, Cambridge, in 1887, and was a founding fellow of the British Academy. In 1907 he was appointed Archdeacon of Ely.He was university lecturer in history from 1884 to 1891,
Cunningham's Growth of English Industry and Commerce During the Early and Middle Ages (1890; 4th ed., 1905) and Growth of English Industry and Commerce in Modern Times (1882; 3rd ed., 1903) are among the standard works of reference on the industrial history of England.
Cunningham's eminence as an economic historian gave special importance to his support of Joseph Chamberlain from 1903 onwards in criticizing the English free-trade policies and advocating tariff reform.
He was a critic of the nascent neoclassical economics, particularly as propounded by his colleague, Alfred Marshall, and the Cambridge school.
Cunningham has been described as "a champion of women's education in Cambridge."He taught the British historian Annie Abram.
Cunningham died in 1919 in Cambridge, England.
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|Church of England titles|
| Archdeacon of Ely |
Thomas George Bonney
| Hulsean Lecturer |
John de Soyres
|Professional and academic associations|
| President of the Royal Historical Society |