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Edmund George Tosh

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Edmund George Tosh ( -1900) of the North Lonsdale Iron and Steel Co

1900 Obituary [1]

EDMUND GEORGE TOSH died at his residence, The Lund, Ulverston, after a very short illness, on April 22, 1899. The son of George Tosh, of Scunthorpe, near Doncaster, he was born at Parton, near Whitehaven, in 1847, and was educated at Glasgow University and at Gottingen, in Germany. He obtained the degree of M.A. and Ph.D. at the age of twenty-one years, and afterwards practised as an analytical chemist in West Cumberland, where he had a high reputation.

Subsequently he was appointed general manager of the Solway Haematite Iron Company at Maryport, and in 1876 general manager of the North Lonsdale Iron and Steel Works, a position which he held up to the time of his death. During the twenty-three years of his management not a single strike or lock-out occurred at the works, and he was greatly esteemed by everyone with whom he was connected. He was closely associated with the political, municipal, and social life of Ulverston and district, and as a member of the local authority he exercised a large influence on the affairs of the town for an unbroken period of twenty-two years. He was also Captain of the local Volunteers for several years.

He was a Fellow of the Chemical Society, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1870. He regularly attended the Institute's meetings, and frequently took part in its proceedings.

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