Thomas Edward Ravenshaw
Thomas Edward Ravenshaw (
1 July, 1827- 4 February, 1914) was an educator, founder of Ravenshaw College, and a member of the British East India Company.
He was born 1 July, 1827, to John Hurdis Ravenshaw and his first wife, Rose Melley Thuillier. His father was in the
British East India Company. His grandfather, John Goldsborough Ravenshaw, held the office of Deputy Lieutenant(D.L.). He was chairman of the British East India Company.
His mother's father, John Thuillier, was
Baron de Malaperte. Thomas's great-great-great grandfather, William Withers, was one time Lord Mayor of London. After his mother died, Thomas's father married Harriet Lalande Biggs, daughter of Lewis James Biggs, who was in the Admiralty. In addition to three brothers (Cornet Edward Cockburn Ravenshaw, George Chandler Ravenshaw, and John Henry Ravenshaw), Thomas also lived with his two step-siblings, Florence Lalande Ravenshaw and Hurdis Secundus Lalande Ravenshaw.
In 1850, Ravenshaw married Mary Susannah Symonds, daughter of Alexander Symonds. They had three sons;
Charles Withers Ravenshaw, Lieutenant Herbert Edward Ravenshaw, and Major Harold Alexander Ravenshaw.
Ravenshaw was a resident of
India, where he persuaded the British Governmentto set up a school in Cuttack, Orissa, India. They accepted his proposal, and Ravenshaw Collegewas founded in honor of Ravenshaw's actions.
He also worked for the
British East India Company.
Thomas Edward Ravenshaw died 4 February, 1914, at the age of 86. He is buried at
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