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William Thomas THORNTON

William Thomas THORNTON, economist. Commander of the British Empire, 1873.

Background

  • THORNTON, William Thomas was born in 1813 in Burnham, Somerset, England.

  • Career

    • 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.

      Secretary, public works, India Office, 1858-1880.

    Major achievements

    • Commander of the British Empire, 1873.

    Works

    • Indian Public Works: And Cognate Indian Topics (Classic Reprint)
    • 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the East India Company's management of them, or that of the Viceroyalty, by which the Company's domination has been superseded.
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    Died 1880
    (aged 67)