After studying philosophy, medicine, law, and mathematics and graduating with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important professor at Oxford College.
Locke reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method
Locke reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method and likes what he reads. This work includes the famous quote "I think, therefore I am."
Lord Ashley befriends Locke.
Anthony Ahley Cooper "Lord Ashley" who is an important British politician meets and befriends Locke.
Lord Ashley lives 15 more years because of Locke
Locke who is now Lord Ashley's personal physician supervises a liver operation that saves Lord Ashley's life and he remarkably he lives another 15 years.
Fundamental Constitution of Carolina
Because of Lord Ashley's involvement in the new British colonies in America, Locke is asked to write the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina.
Essay Concerning Human Understanding First Draft
Locke writes his first draft of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, in it are ideas of Natural Law; based partially on the writing of others.
Locke begins to write and promote the idea of Social Contract, he may not be the first with the idea but his social status will make the idea popular.
Locke's ideas are linked to kill the king
Locke's ideas about revolution against a government are linked to a plot to kill the king. Locke flees to Holland, many that agreed with him and Lord Ashley are arrested for treason and some are killed.
England's Glorious Revolution
England's Glorious Revolution; Locke is welcomed by the new king and returns to England.
Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Essay Concerning Human Understanding is published in 1689.
Sir Isaac Newton and Locke become friends
Locke meets SIr Isaac Newton and they become friends.
Two Treatises of Civil Government
The Two Treatises of Civil Government is published by John Locke in 1690.
Locke is the most influential member of the British Board of Trade
Locke is appointed to the British Board of Trade and even though his health is failing he is its most influential member.
John Locke's Death
In 1704, John Locke dies.
The Declaration of Independence
In 1776. Thomas Jefferson borrows John Locke's ideas to write the Declaration of Independence.