Wilson, Thomas (1525–1581)
English lawyer and man of letters, Wilson is remembered in the history of economics for his Discourse on Usury, published in 1572. Wilson lived in England during his youth and early manhood. After the accession of Queen Mary I, Wilson, a Protestant, went into exile on the Continent, where he earned a doctorate in civil law. On his return in 1560 he held a number of high offices as a Member of Parliament, judge, diplomat and Secretary of State.