Joseph Wharton (March 3, 1826 – January 11, 1909) was an American industrialist. He was involved in mining, manufacturing and education. He founded the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, co-founded the Bethlehem Steel company, and was one of the founders of Swarthmore College (Wikipedia).
Author of Suggestions concerning the small money of the United States of America (1868).
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Pamphlet arguing for the the issue of nickel in the manufacture of small-denomination coins. See also https://coinweek.com/us-coins/coinweek-iq-nickel-joseph-wharton-and-us-coinage/ (link valid as of 8/2019).