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Richard Hopwood Thornton papers, 1855-1932
- Thornton, Richard H. (Richard Hopwood), 1845-1925.
- Richard Hopwood Thornton papers
- 1855-1932 (inclusive)18551932
- 1 cubic foot, (2 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
- Collection Number
- Mss 801
- Papers of the founding dean of the University of Oregon School of Law and an Episcopal clergyman. Includes personal documents, biographical and genealogical information, writings, notes, reminiscences, and a small amount of correspondence relating to Episcopal missionary work. Also includes writings of Thornton's father, William Lockwood Thornton.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
- English, Latin
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The son of a prominent English Wesleyan clergyman and Latin tutor, Richard Hopwood Thornton was born in 1845 in Didebury, Lancashire, England. After attending New Kingswood School near Bath, he passed the entrance examination for Oxford University in 1862, but instead entered a London business house. After a visit to Paris in 1870 he went to Canada in 1871 where he taught school in various places. Receiving a small legacy from his mother in 1874, he travelled throughout North America, attended Columbia University law school in Washington, and was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia in 1878. The previous year he had married Martha Sproul, with whom he had one child who died in infancy.
In 1884 Thornton received an invitation from Judge Matthew P. Deady to come to Oregon and serve as the first dean of the University of Oregon law school. Thornton accepted the position and held the post in Portland for the next nineteen years. After his retirement in 1903 he travelled in Europe with his wife, and after her death he moved to London in 1907. There he compiled the work An Amercian glossary, which was published in 1912. He returned to the U.S. in 1916 and eventually took up residence again in Portland, Oregon, where he died in January of 1925.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The papers consist primarily of drafts of Thornton's writings, along with extensive notes. Included among the writings are notes for a full-length autobiography and an account of Thornton's father's (William Lockwood Thornton) visit to America in 1862. Also included in the collection is a small file of correspondence relating to Episcopal Church missions, along with personal documents and obituaries.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.
Richard Hopwood Thornton papers, Mss 801, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The collection is arranged in two series:
- Series A: Personal documents and obituaries, 1879-1932
- Series B: Writings and notes, 1855-1925
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series A: Personal documents and obituaries, 1879-1932Return to Top
Birthday greetings to "May"
Includes naturalization documents and law school diploma
Diocese of Oregon--Lay Reader license
Episcopal Church mission correspondence, including Davenport Fund letters
Richard H. Thornton estate ledger, including last will and testament
Obituaries of Richard H. Thornton
Series B: Writings and notes, 1855-1925Return to Top
"America, Republican and British" by William Lockwood Thornton (Richard Thornton's father)
Includes brief account of Thornton's trip to America in 1864
Course curriculum, London
European tour notes
"The land where lost things go"--Manuscript of a story or novel
"A model Danish" (manuscript)
Oates, Titus--Trials, history
Record of pulpit exercises of William Lockwood Thornton, London
Reminiscences of Richard Hopwood Thornton--Notes and drafts with documents laid in
Short essays, "The last things"
Southcott, Joanna--Writings (printed)
Speech at Greenville by Richard H. Thornton
"Things which vex an eccentric layman"
"Thoughts about sermons, II"
"War verses" (printed)
Writings and copies of poems
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Thornton, Richard H. (Richard Hopwood), 1845-1925--Archives
- Thornton, William Lockwood
- Episcopal Church--Oregon.
- Thornton Family
Form or Genre Terms
- Letters (correspondence)
- University of Oreogn. School of Law. (creator)
- Hopwood Family (creator)