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William Williams (d.1904)

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William Williams (d.1904)


1893 Bio Note [1]



1904 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM WILLIAMS, of Maesygwernen Hall, Morriston, South-Wales, died in April 1904. He was the son of a working man at Morriston, and began work at the age of eleven or twelve as roller boy in a local tinplate works at a wage of five shillings a week. After an unfortunate accident, followed by the amputation of his left leg, his employers found him a place in the office, where he speedily made his services valuable.

In 1863 he was appointed manager of the Swansea Tinplate Works, then owned by Sir John Jones Jenkins, and subsequently starting in business on his own account he became chief proprietor and manager of the extensive works at Morriston, and retired at an early age as a very wealthy man.

He was a director of the Capital and Counties Bank, Ltd., of the Swansea and Mumbles Railways, Ltd., and of the Swansea Gas Light Co. He was elected Mayor of Swansea, and eventually was elected unopposed as Parliamentary representative of the district. Owing to ill-health, however, he was compelled to retire after a brief political career.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1882.


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Sources of Information

  1. South Wales Echo - Tuesday 20 June 1893
  2. 1904 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries