Wharton, Thomas (1731-1782)

Merchant, land speculator.

Wrote frequently to Franklin in London, keeping him abreast of events in Pennsylvania, including public outcry against the stamp duties.

In spite of early participation in the colonial battle against the crown over taxation, Wharton objected to armed confrontation. He was suspected of being a loyalist, and was driven out of Pennsylvania, his property confiscated.

Brother of Samuel Wharton.