Robert J. Thorne

Robert Julius Thorne (February 1875 – March 20, 1955) was an American businessman who was president of Montgomery Ward from 1917 to 1920. Robert Thorne was born in February 1875 in Chicago, Illinois, to George R. Thorne. The senior Thorne was a former major in the Civil War who co-founded Montgomery Ward with his brother-in-law, A. Montgomery Ward. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1897. He was active in the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Robert Thorne joined Montgomery Ward's Kansas City, Missouri, branch immediately upon his graduation from Cornell. He rose to become branch manager, and then was transferred to Chicago where he was manager of the store's flagship store and a vice president of the company. In 1917, his older brother and Montgomery Ward president, William C. Thorne, died unexpectedly. Robert J. Thorne assumed the presidency of the company. Thorne married the former Katherine B. Sterrett. The couple had five daughters: Roberta, Katherine, Laura, Narcissa and Ellen Catherine. Thorne co-founded the Employers' Association of Chicago in 1902, and played a significant role in the 1905 Chicago Teamsters' strike.

Personal details

Date of birth
February, 1875
Date of death
March 20th, 1955 at age of #<ArgumentError: invalid date>
Places lived
Lake Forest , Illinois


1. Cornell University Colleges/University

Cornell University ( /kɔrˈnɛl/ kor-NEL) is a private Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York, United States. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's motto, a popular 1865 Ezra Cornell quotation: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.

Institution info

Type Private university
2012. 4.95 bil. $
2011. 5.28 bil. $
Institution colors
410 Thurston Ave., 1853 - Ithaca, New York
2012. 14,261
2010. 13,935
2009. 13,914
2012. 7,163
2011. 7,004
2010. 4,971
Acceptance rate
2014. 14.0 %
2012. 16.2 %
2010. 18.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 29 K $
2012. 43.4 K $
2011. 41.5 K $
2010. 39.5 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Cornell University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1872., Psychologist
b. 1870., Organization founder
b. 1874., Ornithologist
b. 1875., Economist
b. 1876., Physician
b. 1870., Physician
b. 1875., Writer
b. 1880., Architect


Check Robert J. Thorne on wikipedia.

Facebook comments