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Thornton, Henry
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(Mar 10, 1760, London – Jan 16, 1815, Kensington Gore), philanthropist, banker, member of parliament, and abolitionist (Abolitionism). Younger son of the wealthy evangelical merchant John Thornton, he worked in banking before being elected member of parliament in 1782. His writings on economic affairs were much admired. In Parliament he was active in humanitarian affairs and, as a member of the celebrated Clapham Sect, joined with W. Wilberforce in advancing the abolitionist cause…

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Carter, Grayson, “Thornton, Henry”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026064>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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