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Arthur William Glover

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Arthur William Glover (1862-1924), principle of M. Glover and Co

1862 Born the son of Matthew Glover

1924 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR WILLIAM GLOVER was born in Leeds, on 28th January 1862.

He received a private school education, supplemented by attendance at the Yorkshire College science classes, and subsequently spent six years in the various departments of his father's business in Leeds.

At twenty-three years of age, on his father's death, he took on the sole management of the works, which in subsequent years developed considerably, as a result of the inventive ability, pronounced activity, and business acumen he displayed.

He invented various improvements in connexion with wood-working machinery, specializing particularly in apparatus for sawing, splitting, arranging, and bundling firewood, and for making fire-lighters. Sawdust briquette machinery also engaged his attention, and his business interests extended too to the pottery trade, for he was proprietor of the works at Sutton, Macclesfield, known as Bury's Earthenware Pottery Brick and Tile Works.

His death took place at Pool, Yorkshire, on 29th September 1924, in his sixty-third year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1920.

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1924 Obituary[2]


The principal of the well-known saw mill engineers, Messrs. M. Glover and Co. of Leeds, Mr. Arthur William Glover, died at his residence, Riversdale, Pool, Yorkshire, on September 29, in his 63rd year. His training was received in the works of the firm, which were founded by his father and of which he, at the age of 23 years, became the head. Technical education he obtained in the Leeds Mechanics’ Institute and the Yorkshire College. Mr. Glover was responsible for the development of his firm to its present position, and the improvements he effected in the design of woodworking machinery, especially for sawing and splitting, were many and important, while he also designed sawdust briquetting machinery. In addition to his activity in developing wood-working machinery, Mr. Glover was the proprietor of Bury’s Earthenware Pottery, Brick and Tile Works at Sutton, Macclesfield, and established concerns for the production of firelighters in Leeds."

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