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Joseph Samuel Taylor

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1904.

Joseph Samuel Taylor (1849-1923) of Taylor and Challen, Derwent Foundry, 60 and 62 Constitution Hill, Birmingham.

1849 Born in Birmingham, son of Joseph Taylor

1875 of Taylor and Co., Derwent Foundry, 99 Constitution Hill, Birmingham.

Sometime after 1875 the firm became Taylor and Challen

1923 Died in Birmingham.


1923 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH SAMUEL TAYLOR was born in Birmingham in 1849, and entered his father's works, Derwent Foundry, Birmingham, as a pupil, in 1866.

In 1873 he was taken into partnership with Mr. S. W. Challen, the firm becoming Taylor and Challen.

Two years later his father retired, and the subject of this Memoir took charge of the commercial side of the business and Mr. Challen the technical department including the drawing office. At that time the staff numbered only about fifty, but by the end of the War over 500 were employed.

Mr. Taylor was also Chairman of the Rudge-Whitworth Cycle Co., Director of the Lanchester Motor Co., the Midland Employers' Mutual Insurance Co., a Life Governor of the University of Birmingham, and devoted much time and energy to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, of which body he was for one year the President.

He died on 11th February 1923, at the age of seventy-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1875.


1923 Obituary [2]

JOSEPH SAMUEL TAYLOR died on February 11,1923, at the age of seventy-three.

Born in Birmingham in 1849, he entered his father's works, Derwent Foundry, Birmingham, as a pupil in 1866.

In 1873 he was taken into partnership with Mr. S. W. Challen, the firm becoming Taylor and Challen. When his father retired two years later, Mr. Taylor took charge of the commercial side of the business, whilst his partner, Mr. Challen, took charge of the technical department, including the drawing office. At that time the staff of the firm numbered only 50, but by the end of the late war over 500 were employed.

Mr. Taylor was chairman of the Rudge-Whitworth Cycle Company, a director of the Lanchester Motor Company and of the Midland Employers' Mutual Insurance Company, and a Life Governor of the Birmingham University, of which he was a benefactor. He also devoted much time and energy to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, of which body he had held the Presidency.

Mr. Taylor was an original member of the Institute of Metals.


1923 Obituary [3]

JOSEPH SAMUEL TAYLOR died on February 11, 1923, at his residence, "Corinthians," Acock's Green, Birmingham, at the age of seventy-three.

He was a member of the firm of Taylor & Challen, Ltd., engineers, of Birmingham, and was one of the best-known business men in the Midlands, having interests in many undertakings besides that with which his name was associated.

He was a director of Rudge Whitworth, Ltd., the Lancashire Motor Co., Ltd., and the Midland Employers' Mutual Assurance, Ltd. He had long taken a deep interest in the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, having filled the office of Chairman and that of President.

He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1888.


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