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Veblen, Thorstein Bunde (30 July 1857–03 August 1929), economist and social critic, was born in Cato Township, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, the son of Thomas Anderson Veblen and Kari Thorsteindatter Bunde, farmers. Veblen’s parents had emigrated from Norway in 1847 and, after three earlier attempts at farming in Wisconsin, settled permanently in 1865 on a farm near Northfield, Minnesota....