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Samuel Anderson

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Samuel Anderson (1847-1890)

General Manager, Westbury Iron Works, Westbury, Wiltshire.


1890 Obituary [1]

SAMUEL ANDERSON was born at Blackhill in the county of Durham on 7th November 1847.

In 1858 his father left the Consett Iron Co. to undertake the management of the Westbury Iron Co. in Wiltshire, where he completed his son's education at private schools.

In 1863, at the age of sixteen, he was apprenticed to Mr. Joseph Taylor, mechanical engineer, Birmingham, for the term of three years.

In 1866 he was appointed foreman of the engineering department of the Westbury Iron Works, and a few years later sub-manager.

On his father's death in 1876, he became general manager and secretary, which position he held to the time of his death on 19th March 1890, at the age of forty-two.

By taking advantage of the latest inventions for saving of fuel and labour, wherever these could be practically applied at Westbury, he enabled the works to compete successfully with those in the larger and more favourably situated iron-manufacturing districts.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884, and was also a member of the Iron and Steel Institute and of the South Wales Institute of Engineers; and he was a regular attendant at the meetings.


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  1. 1890 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries