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John Jones (1835-1877)

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John Jones (1835-1877)

of the Iron Trade Offices, Royal-Exchange, Middlesbrough

1868 Stimulated the formation of the Iron and Steel Institute with a paper he read before the North of England Iron Manufacturers' Association on the 29th of September, 1868

Secretary to the Iron and Steel Institute and British Iron Trade Association.

Died in June 1877[1]

1878 Obituary [2]

JOHN JONES was born in 1835 in the neighbourhood of Wolverhampton.

He was for several years secretary of the South Staffordshire Ironmasters' Association, and during that time wrote a standard work on the geology of the South Staffordshire district.

In 1866 he removed to Middlesbrough, on his appointment as secretary to the Cleveland Ironmasters' Association and the North of England Iron Manufacturers' Association. He took an active part in the formation of the Board of Arbitration and Conciliation for the Manufactured Iron Trade of the North of England, on which he acted as employers' secretary till his death.

He was secretary to the Middlesbrough Chamber of Commerce and to various other local associations, and was the means of establishing a weekly Iron Exchange at Middlesbrough. He also founded and edited the Iron and Coal Trades Review. He was mainly instrumental in originating the Iron and Steel Institute and the British Iron Trade Association, to both of which he acted as secretary.

Shortly before he died he was appointed secretary to the Agricultural Engineers' Association.

His death took place at Saltburn-by-the-Sea on 6th June 1877, at the age of forty-two, after a long and painful illness.

He became an Associate of the Institution in 1869, and was transferred to the class of Member in 1873.

At the Middlesbrough meeting of the Institution in 1871 he contributed a paper on the general geological features of the Cleveland iron district (see Proceedings Inst. M. E. 1871 page 184).

1877 Obituary [3]

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