Thomas Southcliffe Ashton, Eonomic Historian was born on 1889 Ashton-under-Lyne, in England. He was educated at the Ashton-under-Lyne secondary school and Manchester University. He was Assistant Lecturer in Economics at the Sheffield University from 1912 to 1919. Ashton was also an Lecturer and Tutor at Birmingham University from1919 to 1921. Ashton was president of both the Manchester Statistical Society (1938–1940) and the Economic History Society (1960–1963). His best known work is the 1948 textbook The Industrial Revolution (1760–1830), which put forth a positive view on the benefits of the era.