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Thorpe was born in London, the son of former Conservative Member of Parliament John Henry Thorpe. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Oxford. He was the MP for North Devon from 1959 until 1979. He was leader of his party from 1967 until 1976.
Thorpe was married to Caroline Allpass from 1968 until she was killed in a car crash in 1970. The couple's son was born in 1969. Thorpe was married to pianist Marion Stein (1926-2014) from 1973 until her death. Thorpe was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He died from the disease on 4 December 2014, aged 85.
- The downfall
- Marion's obituary
- "Jeremy Thorpe dies after a long battle with Parkinson's". Daily Telegraph. 4 December 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/11273462/Jeremy-Thorpe-dies-after-a-long-battle-with-Parkinsons.html. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe dies". ITV News. 4 December 2014. http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-12-04/former-lib-dem-leader-jeremy-thorpe-dies/.