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Jonathan Backhouse

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Jonathan Backhouse (1779–1842), banker and financier

1779 Born son of Jonathan Backhouse, senior, banker, and his wife, Ann, the second daughter of Edward Pease of Darlington.

One of the promoters of the Stockton and Darlington Railway

1798 Following the death of Jonathan's father, the title of the family bank was changed to Jonathan Backhouse and Co. During the first three decades of the nineteenth century Backhouse proved to be the dominant partner in the bank; he presided over expansion which was to consolidate its position in the commercial infrastructure of Co. Durham.

1820s The bank was involved in the financing and projection of the Stockton and Darlington Railway

Backhouse was appointed as first treasurer to the railway company, a position which he held until 1833.

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of Jonathan Backhouse, ODNB