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William Thomas THORNTON

economist

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.

Achievements

  • Commander of the British Empire, 1873.

Works