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Abbott, Peter Harriss (1774/5–1850)

Edwards, John Richard 2007. Abbott, Peter Harriss (1774/5–1850). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (10.1093/ref:odnb/58715)

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Abbott, Peter Harriss (1774/5–1850), accountant and official assignee, was born on the island of St Christopher in the West Indies, the son of Peter Abbott and Jane Dijett. Abbott's early career remains obscure, but it is known that by 1812 he was in business as a merchant working from 121 New City Chambers, Bishopsgate Within, in the City of London. There are many examples of merchants developing commercial skills and subsequently setting up in business as public accountants, and this was the route followed by Abbott, who was listed as an ‘accountant’ in the Post Office London Directory for 1823. Abbott has been described as ‘the leading public accountant of the day’ (Bywater, 791), and, in the years that followed, William Quilter and John Ball—individuals who played leading roles in the formation of a professional accounting body in London in 1870—trained in his office. Indeed one of Quilter's obituarists described Abbott as the ‘practical founder of the profession of public accountants in this country’ (The Accountant).

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 15:23

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