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William Andrew Paton

economist , acountant.

William Andrew Paton, American economist, acountant. Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences; member American Economics Association, American Accounting Association (president 1922.


Paton, William Andrew was born on July 19, 1889 in Calumet, Michigan, United States. Son of Andrew and Mary (Nowlin) Paton.


Michigan State Normal College, 1907-1908, 1911-1912. Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1915, A.M., 1916, Doctor of Philosophy., 1917. Doctor of Letters, Lehigh University, 1944.


Instructor in economics, University of Michigan, 1915-1916, University of Minnesota, 1916-1917. Assistant professor University of Michigan, 1917-1919, associate professor, 1919-1921, professor since 1921, Edwin F. Gay university professor of accounting since 1947. Visiting teacher University of California, 1921, 1937-1938, University of Chicago, 1924.

Dickinson lecturer, Harvard Graduate School Business Administration, 1940. Certified Public Accountants, Michigan With bureau of Research and Statistics, War Trade Board, 1918. With Income Tax Unit, Bureau Internal Revenue, 1919.


  • Author or co-author books relating to field. Latest publications include: Shirtsleeve Economics, 1952. Asset Accounting, 1952.

    (with W. A. Paton, Junior) Corporation Accounts and Statements, 1955. (with R. L. Diyon) Essentials of Accounting, 1958. Editor Accounting Review, 1926-1928.

    Editor, principal contributor Accountants Handbook, 1932, 43.


Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Member American Economics Association, American Accounting Association (president 1922.


Married Mary K. Sleator, July 9, 1914. Children: William Andrew, Margaret Louise, Robert Warner (deceased).

Andrew Paton

Mary (Nowlin) Paton

Mary K. Sleator

William Andrew Paton

Margaret Louise Paton

Robert Warner Paton (deceased)