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1853 Born in Stalybridge, son of John Summers, Senior and his wife Mary
Educated at Owens College, Manchester and University College, Oxford
1876 After the death of their father, the main burden of the John Summers and Sons business was carried by the eldest and third sons, James and John, later to be joined by some of the younger brothers.
1880 Elected MP for Stalybridge. Later became MP for Huddersfield.
By 1889 the partners in the business were all Summers - James, John, William, Walter, Harry and Frank. They decided to expand on a 'greenfield site', eventually selecting Sealand Marshes on the Dee estuary, where the Hawarden Bridge (Shotton) Works was established, opening in 1896.
1891 Barrister, MP, visiting Audenshaw with his sister Mary W Summers 20