Thomas C. Cochran (historian)
Born in Manhattan, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from New York University before obtaining his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at N.Y.U. for almost twenty-five years before joining the University of Pennsylvania in 1950, where he became Benjamin Franklin Professor of History, a position from which he retired in 1972. He was also president of the American Historical Association in that year.
In the mid-20th century, Cochran was one of the most significant economic historians of the United States, producing The Age of Enterprise (1961), an important work on the history of American capitalism. Throughout his career, he attempted to examine the history of business not merely as a narrowly economic topic, but also as a cultural one. He opened up new methodological approaches and areas of research in the field of economic history.
He was married three times. He died on May 2, 1999 at the Quadrangle Retirement Center in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
- Railroad Leaders: The Business Mind in Action (1953)
- The American Business System: A Historical Perspective, 1900-1955 (1957)
- A Basic History of American Business (1959)
- The Age of Enterprise (1961)
- Railroad Leaders 1845-1890: The Business Mind in Action (1965)
- Business in American Life (1972)
- Frontiers of Change: Early Industrialism in America (1981)
- Challenges to American Values: Society, Business and Religion (1985)
- Pace, Eric (1999-05-15). "Thomas C. Cochran, 97, Scholar On American Economic History". New York Times.
- "AHA Information: Thomas C. Cochran's Presidential Address (1973)". Retrieved 2008-06-29.