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William George Freeman

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William George Freeman (1826-1911) of John Freeman and Sons

1912 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM GEORGE FREEMAX, of Penryn, Cornwall, born at Westminster on the 5th October, 1826, died at Malvern on the 21st, May, 1911.

Educated at Saffron Waldon and King’s College, London, he went with his father Mr. John Freeman, and his brother to Cornwall, where they developed the Cornish granite industry, which before 1846 was practically non-existent. Some eighty quarries were opened, giving employment to upwards of 1,500 men, and many large works were supplied with stone.

In 1892 the firm was formed into a private limited company, of which Mr. Freeman acted as Chairman until his death.

Mr. Freeman was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 7th February, 1871.

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