Thomas Jevons

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Jevons (1791-1855) was the eldest son of William and Ann Jevons, and father of William Stanley Jevons. He joined his father's partnership, and designed a range of innovative iron products including boats. He was also interested in social and political issues, being author of Remarks on criminal law, with a plan for an improved system and observations on the prevention of crime (published anonymously, London 1834), and The prosperity of landlords not dependent on the Corn laws (London 1840). Thomas was also an early enthusiast for decimal coinage. In 1848, Jevons & Sons was declared bankrupt, and therafter Thomas worked for the Liverpool office of the Dowlais Iron Company. He married Mary Anne Roscoe in 1825, the daughter of William Roscoe, one of Liverpool's leading citizens, MP, historian and patron of the arts.