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John Bailey Davies

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John Bailey Davies (c1838-1909)

1910 Obituary [1]

JOHN BAILEY DAVIES died on June 24, 1909, in his eighty-first year.

He lived in Valencia some years before he went to Bilbao in 1870. He gave the greatest impulse to mining, not only in this district but also in various other provinces. In later years he concentrated all his activity in the lead, silver, and copper mines in Cordova. He was until his death chairman of five well-known Cordova companies formed and developed by him. He was also the concessionaire of the port and loading system of Dicido, of the railway from the Regato mines to Luchana (river Bilbao), of the ropeway for the Marqussa mine, and of the Dicido chain railway, all of them important undertakings, and for which the Spanish Government conferred on him the title of Knight of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.

In May 1885 he was appointed Chilian Consul in Bilbao, which post he held until his death. In his capacity as senior resident of the British colony in the district he was often called upon to act as Consul on Her Britannic Majesty's service, fulfilling his task to the entire satisfaction of the British authorities.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1882.

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