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Alfred Saxon

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Alfred Saxon (1859-1935) son of George Saxon (1821-1875), of George Saxon Ltd

1935 Obituary [1]

ALFRED SAXON was governing director of Messrs. George Saxon, Ltd., Openshaw Engineering Works, the firm founded by his father.

He was born at Openshaw in 1859, and received his technical education at Owens College, Manchester. He served his apprenticeship in his father's works and in 1879 was made works manager.

In 1887 he took over the management of the firm, which specialized in the construction of large stationary steam engines. When the business was made a limited liability company he became governing director. A pair of compound engines at a spinning mill at Middleton Junction were converted by Mr. Saxon to triple-expansion engines on the four-cylinder principle.

He contributed several papers on steam engines to various technical institutions, and in the firm's interests he travelled widely on the Continent and in the United States. In 1893 he was elected a Member of the Institution.

He was Chairman of the North Western Branch during 1923-4, and in that capacity he also served on the Council.

In addition he was a past-president of the Manchester Association of Engineers.

His death occurred at Openshaw on 3rd December 1935.

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