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of Gothenburg, Sweden
John Hall was the son of Benjamin Hall (-1748), who had moved to Gothenburg in the 1730s and married Cornelia Åkesson (1716-78). In 1735, Benjamin Hall received a bursary as a trader. Benjamin Hall's brother Robert Hall (1731-63) also later moved to Gothenburg, around 1750. After Benjamin Hall's death, the widow married Johan Fredrik Ström (1731-81). John Hall, through his stepfather, made many important contacts in the East Indies as well as in other parts of the Gothenburg business community.
John Hall & Co (with Thomas Erskine as a partner) was a prominent exporter of iron and timber, especially to the British market. To secure the deliveries of goods, Hall also acquired several sawmills and ironworks, for example the Borgvik ironworks (50%), Annefors, Ransäter (50%), Gunnerud, Löfstaholm, Thorsby (50%), Wälsfors, Björkefors, Antonström, Åhleby and Ohlby in Värmland, the ironworks at Loviseholm, Kollerö, Öxnäs and Rådanefors (50%) in Dalsland and Gårdsjö in Västergötland, and eight saws in Lilla Edet and one in Åstabyholm in Värmland.