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Matthew Gray (c.1856-1896) of William Gray and Co

1856 Born in Hartlepool, son of Sir William Gray

1896 Died in Hartlepool

1896 Obituary [1]

MATTHEW GRAY died at his residence, The Willows, West Hartlepool, on June 16, 1896, aged forty. The eldest son of Sir William Gray, he was born at Hartlepool in 1856, and received his education at Rodridge House School, and afterwards at Harrogate College, finally completing his studies at Hanover.

On his return, at the age of seventeen, he entered his father's office, and a few years later was taken into partnership as a member of the firm of William Gray & Co., which in 1889 was incorporated as a private limited liability company.

In 1881 he acquired the West Hartlepool Rolling Mills, and subsequently laid down steelmaking plant, which has been in operation for eight years. In addition to being interested in the works mentioned, he was a partner in the Hartlepools' Salt and Brine Co., and was also connected with the British Expanded Metal Works.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1891.

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