Thomas Fowle was born on 29 August 1835 at Northallerton in Yorkshire's North Riding. He died at Oxford on 14 January 1903, and was buried in Islip. He was the son of the solicitor Thomas Fowle and his wife Mary Welbank, both from Northallerton. Between 1848 and 1853, Fowle was educated at Durham school and then Charterhouse. In 1854 he entered Exeter College, Oxford, but after a term, transferred to Oriel College on a scholarship. He was president of the Oxford Union and was also awarded his BA in 1858. His MA was given in 1861. In that year, he married Sarah Susannah Atkinson, from Richmond in the North Riding; the couple had seven daughters. Sarah died in 1874 and two years later Fowle married Mabel Jane Isaacs, the daughter of a West India merchant. There was one surviving daughter from this marriage, their son having died in 1895.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.