Walter Thomas Layton
Walter Thomas Layton, first Baron Layton (1884-1966), economist and newspaper proprietor. Editor of The Economist from 1922-38, and chair from 1944 to 1963, under Layton The Economist was transformed into an authority on international economic issues. He was also, in 1930-40 and 1944-50, chair of the News Chronicle and The Star respectively. During the 1920s and 1930s, his control of the News Chronicle and The Economist made him a leading member of the Liberals party with a major influence on public opinion. He lived in Weybridge with his wife Dorothy Layton.