Thomas Thornton (c.1541-1629) D.D. was an English Church of England clergyman and academic administrator.
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Thornton received a Bachelor of Divinity degree followed by a Doctor of Divinity degree at Oxford University. He was based at Christ Church, Oxford and was a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He was twice Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford during 1583–4 and 1599–1600.He was also Precentor of Hereford Cathedral from 1573, and Master of the Library there from 1595; he re-organized the library and had new bookcases installed on the model of those in the Bodleian Library
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