John Kelley Thornton (b. May 3, 1949), author of Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
John Charles Thornton(b. 2/5/46), author of Pipe Dreams
John Thornton, M.A., Head Master of the Clarence Street Higher Grade School, Bolton, author of Elementary physiography
John Thornton (1641-1708), publisher of The English Pilot
John Thornton (1776-1841), author of Bereaved Parents Consoled
John Henry Thornton, author of "The Examination of Early Shoes to 1600"