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George Henry Alexander (1866-1961)
"IT is with regret that we have to announce the death of Mr. George Henry Alexander, who founded the firm of George H. Alexander Machinery, Ltd., in Birmingham, some sixty-five years ago.
Mr. Alexander was born on April 22, 1866, in the Isle of Wight, where he received his early education before moving to Birmingham at the age of fifteen years. His first engineering experience came later with the Bournes organisation in Birmingham, and subsequently with a number of other firms, before he joined the Goodyear Company of America in connection with a special patent mission concerned with pneumatic tyres. After three years with the Goodyear Company he was invited to visit the United States, where he met the principals of a number of leading machine tool companies.
In 1896 Mr. Alexander founded his own business in Birmingham to specialise in special purpose machine tool and as technical representative for the Pratt and Whitney Co. One of Mr. Alexander's interests was in Wellworthy Piston Rings, Ltd. a venture which he financed after the first world war and set up in conjunction with Mr. Gray and Mr. John Howlett.
Until he retired from the board in 1946 Mr. Alexander maintained an active directorship in Wellworthy Piston Ring, Ltd., and he was chairman and managing director of his own company up to the age of ninety-one years."