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Samuel Davison

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Samuel Davison (1837-1883)

1883 Obituary [1]

MR. SAMUEL DAVISON, who lost his life by the unfortunate accident that occurred at the works of the North-Eastern Steel Company during the meeting of the Institute at Middlesbrough in September, was born at Headingley, near Leeds, on the 12th May 1837, and was educated at one of the village public schools there.

He commenced his business career in the office of the Monkbridge Iron Works (Messrs. Kitson & Co.) in Leeds, when he was in his eighteenth year. There he remained for about three years, when he took a situation at the Tudhoe Ironworks of the Weardale Coal and Iron Company, under Mr. George Dyson, on leaving which, after an interval of six years, he became manager of the Hartlepool Rolling-mills Company.

After being at Hartlepool for two years, he proceeded to the Shotley Bridge Ironworks, and thence to the Caldervale Ironworks, Wakefield. On leaving the latter situation, after three years' service, he engaged in business as an iron merchant in Hull. In the latter business he was very successful for about three years, when he lost all his means by the failure of Messrs. Humphrey & Pearson, and others; and he then left Hull to enter the service of the Horbury Junction Iron Company, first as traveller, and ultimately as general manager. He had filled the latter position for about eight years at the time of his death.

Mr. Davison had only joined the Institute at the meeting in September last.

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