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George H. Fisher-Smith

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George H. Fisher-Smith (1846-1931), chairman of Frederick Smith and Co

c.1846 Born George Henry Smith in Halifax, son of Mathew Smith and his wife Mary S Smith[1]

1871 Commercial traveler, lived in Halifax with his wife Mary[2]

c.1880 Took over the business, Frederick Smith and Co, after the death of his father and his uncle.

1881 Wire manufacturer, living in Halifax with Mary Louisa Smith 33, Ethel Winsford Smith 8, Theodora Smith 6, Elsa Smith 5, George Percival Smith 4, Hester Muriel Smith 2[3]

1890 A manufacturer, when he married for a second time to Hattie Smith Fisher, in USA[4]

1911 George Henry Smith 64, wire manufacturer, employer lived in Halifax with Hattie Smith Fisher Smith 49 and Henry Clifford Smith 26, wire manufacturer, employer[5]

1913 Awarded a Knighthood; he had been mayor of Halifax 3 times, Head of Frederick Smith and Co Ltd, wire manufacturers of Halifax and Salford[6]

1931 Sir George Henry Fisher-Smith died in Halifax[7]

1931 Obituary [8]

Sir GEORGE H. FISHER-SMITH, J.P., chairman of Frederick Smith & Co., Ltd., Caledonia Works, Halifax, died in his eighty-fifth year at his home in Halifax on March 19, 1931.

Born in Halifax in 1846, he was educated at King Edward Grammar School, and at the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to an iron merchant; later he joined his father and uncle in the wire-making business, and on their death he assumed control of the firm, which under his management, became one of the most extensive in the district, besides having a large branch at Anaconda Works, Salford.

He also became chairman of the London Electric Wire Co and Smiths, Ltd., and a director on the local board of Martins Bank, Ltd.

The son of a former Mayor, he joined the Halifax Borough Council in 1892, from which he retired in 1913, having been Mayor for two years (1895-97); he was chairman of the Finance Committee for eighteen years. He was a J.P. for the borough and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

In 1913 he was knighted, and in 1918 he was made an Honorary Freeman. He was a keen Freemason, being connected with Probity Lodge; in 1922 he was made Past Grand Deacon of England.

He joined the Iron and Steel Institute in 1895.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1871 census
  3. 1881 census
  4. Massachusetts marriage records
  5. 1911 census
  6. The Times, Jun 03, 1913
  7. BMD
  8. 1931 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries