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Thomas Vaughan (d.1900)

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Thomas Vaughan (d.1900)

1900 Obituary [1]

THOMAS VAUGHAN died on November 30, 1900. He was son of the late Mr. John Vaughan of Middlesbrough, the earliest pioneer of the Cleveland iron trade, and the discoverer of Cleveland ironstone fifty years ago in Sir J. H. Lowther's grounds at Wilton, near Redcar. By his father's will Mr. Thomas Vaughan was bequeathed personal property of over a million pounds in value. A good deal of this money was sunk in industrial enterprises of various kinds, and when the crisis in the iron trade in 1877-78 occurred, he, along with many other leading Teeside ironmasters, sustained losses from which he never recovered.

He was from 1866 to 1875 a member of the Middlesbrough Corporation, and in 1871-72 he was Mayor of the borough. He was twice invited to contest Middlesbrough when parliamentary vacancies occurred, and once he was given the opportunity to stand for Whitby, but each time he declined. He was created a Deputy-Lieutenant for Yorkshire, and a Justice of the Peace both for Middlesbrough and for the North Riding.

He was an original member of the Iron and Steel Institute.

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