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William Sumner (1830-1905)

1861 William Sumner, Mechanical Engineer, 36 Faulkner Street, Manchester.[1]

1905 August 23rd. Died.[2]


1905 Obituary [3]

WILLIAM SUMNER was born at Altrincham on 6th October 1830.

He was educated privately, and started business with Messrs. Richard Roberts and Co., of Manchester.

Subsequently he was for a few years with the firm of Messrs. Platt Brothers and Co., of Oldham.

In 1855 he founded, with his brother John, the firm of John M. Sumner and Co., engineers and machinery exporters, of Manchester, which firm is still in active operation.

In 1864 he joined the board of the Broughton Copper Co., of Manchester and Ditton, brass and copper manufacturers and smelters, becoming chairman and managing director.

This company was then only a small concern, and he lived to see it take a high position amongst similar industries.

He was also at different times director of the Ebbw Vale Steel Iron and Coal Co., the Standish Co. (now incorporated with the Bradford Dyers' Association), and of the Clayton Aniline Co.

His death took place at his residence in Prestwich, Manchester, on 23rd August 1905, in his seventy-fifth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1861, and was also a Member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and other kindred Societies.


1905 Obituary [4]

WILLIAM SUMNER died on August 23, 1905, at his residence, Butt Hill, Prestwich, near Manchester, at the age of seventy-four. Born at Altrincham, Cheshire, on October 6, 1830, he was educated privately, and entered the service of Messrs. Richard, Roberts & Co., formerly Messrs. Sharp, Roberts & Co., of Manchester. Subsequently he was for a few years with Messrs. Platt Brothers, of Oldham.

In 1855 he founded, with his brother John, the firm of John M. Sumner & Co., engineers and machinery exporters.

In 1864 he joined the board of the Broughton Copper Co., of Manchester and Ditton, brass and copper manufacturers and smelters, becoming chairman and managing director. This company was then only a small concern, and he lived to see it take a high position in the metallurgical industries.

He was also at different times director of the Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron, and Coal Co., Ltd., The Standish Co., Ltd. (now a branch of the Bradford Dyers Association, Ltd.), and of the Clayton Aniline Co., Ltd.

He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1872.


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