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Henry Thornton (1760-1815)

Henry Thornton was a wealthy banker and philanthropist, who gave away much of his annual income to worthy causes. The son of a generous supporter of the early evangelicals, Thornton carried on this tradition by serving as treasurer of the British and Foreign Bible Society and the Society for Missions to Africa and the East.

A close friend of William Wilberforce with whom he shared a house for five years, Thornton used his position as member of parliament for Southwark to promote anti-slavery legislation.

Thornton was also an economist of note and did much to influence financial strategy during Pitt's administration.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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