He was born Abraham Margolis in the East End of London to Russian-Jewish refugee parents. They both died in the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. He was adopted by a cobbler, Pinchas Slaberdain, and his wife Eva.
He educated at Raine's Foundation School and the London School of Economics where Arnold Plant and Lionel Robbins deepened his interest in classical liberalism and Friedrich Hayek introduced him to Austrian economics. Seldon helped found the university's student Liberal Society. He continued to be involved with the Liberal Party and was chairman of the its committee on the elderly from 1948 to 1949. Seldon was also involved in the famous Orpington by-election in 1962, in which the Liberal Party gained the seat from the Conservative Party and weakened the confidence of the Macmillan administration. A libertarian, he influenced the policies of Margaret Thatcher. He received an honorary degree in 1999 from the University of Buckingham.
- Institute of Economic Affairs, founder president
- Mont Pelerin Society, vice-president
- Hayek Society, global advisory council
- Locke Institute, editorial director
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- Dr Arthur Seldon at Find a Grave
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