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John Thomas Becher

(1770—1848) Church of England clergyman and poor-law reformer


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John Thomas Becher was born in Ireland in 1769/70, the son of the Rev. Michael Bêcher. He lived in Nottinghamshire from the 1790s until his death on 3 January 1848 at Southwell. He was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1792, MA 1795). He married in 1802 a distant cousin, Mary Becher, and they had two children. After graduation, Becher was ordained in the Church of England, where his main posts were perpetual curate of Thurgarton and Hoveringham (Nottinghamshire) 1799–1799, prebendary of South Muskham 1818–48) and vicar-general of the collegiate church, Southwell (1830–48). He held several other church livings and was one of the pluralists named in Wade's critical The Extraordinary Black Book (1832). As prebendary and vicar-general of the collegiate church, he put the chapter's chaotic business affairs on a proper footing.

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From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.


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