William Thomas THORNTON, economist. Commander of the British Empire, 1873.
THORNTON, William Thomas was born in 1813 in Burnham, Somerset, England.
Colleague and friend of J. S. Mill, he advocated land reforms as a remedy for rural distress, particularly that of Ireland. It was Thornton’s criticism of the wages fund theory that induced Mill’s retraction on the subject. Employee, East India Company, 1836-1858.
Excerpt from Indian Public Works: And Cognate Indian Topics Public Works have always formed rather a weak side of Anglo-Indian administration, and nothing can be farther from the design of this volume than to eulogize either the East India Company's management of them, or that of the Viceroyalty, by which the Company's domination has been superseded.
Excerpt from Over-Population and Its Remedy: Or an Inquiry Into the Extent and Causes of the Distress Prevailing Among the Labouring Classes of the British Islands, and Into the Means of Remedying It The only Preface which a work of this kind requires is an apology for the defects of its execution.
This discussion of the productivity of small farms, and the social and moral effects of peasant proprietorship includes an appraisal of the effects of peasant proprietorship in France and its suitability to Irish agriculture.
Some years ago, while the discussions which terminated in the passing of the I rish Landlord and Tenant A ct were at their height, it came greatly into request, and I was strongly urged by the late Mr.