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William King (1839-1916)

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William King (1839-1916) of the Liverpool United Gas Lighting Co


1917 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM KING was born in Liverpool on 2nd June 1839, being the son of Alfred King, engineer of the Liverpool United Gas Light Co., and grandson of Joseph King, one of the original directors of the Liverpool Gas Light Co.

He was educated at the Royal Institution School, Liverpool, and followed his father's profession, succeeding him on his death in 1867 as engineer of the Liverpool United Gas Light Co. During his term of office the company's operations were widely and rapidly developed. The extensive works at Bootle were established under his rule, and the Garston Works, entirely for water-gas, were also under his supervision.

He retired from active work in 1904, and then travelled extensively. His death took place at Waterloo, Liverpool, on 15th December 1916, at the age of seventy-seven.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1872; he was also a Member of the Institution of Gas Engineers, and a Justice of the Peace for Liverpool.


1917 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM KING, born at Liverpool in 1839, died in the same city 15th December, 1916.

Mr. King's grandfather and father were closely connected with the gas lighting of Liverpool since 1818, and on the death of the latter in 1867, Mr. King succeeded him as Engineer of the Liverpool United Gas Lighting Company. Under his direction the company's operations were widely and rapidly developed. He retired in 1904. Mr. King was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

He was elected a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society 16th January, 1878.


1917 Obituary [3]



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