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John McQueen

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John McQueen (1845-1900) of John Hetherington and Sons


1900 Obituary [1]

JOHN MCQUEEN was born in Scotland on 4th August 1845.

He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Parr, Curtis, and Madeley, makers of cotton machinery, and in 1861 transferred his services to Messrs. John Hetherington and Sons, Vulcan Works, Manchester. Passing through the various stages of fitter, turner, and draughtsman, he became manager, which position he held for fourteen years.

In 1886 he became a partner in the firm. Finding that the growth of the business had increased so rapidly, it was decided to transform it into a company in 1890, when he became vice-chairman and managing director. As chief commercial representative of the firm he visited the principal countries of the world, where the English system of cotton-spinning is established. For some time his health had been declining, and he went to North Wales, but no benefit was obtained, his death taking place at Manchester, from diabetes, on 15th April 1900, in his fifty-fifth your.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1894.


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