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Edmund George Arnold

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Edmund George Arnold (1865-1939) of E. J. Arnold and Son

1865 Born the son of Edmund James Arnold

1881 Living at 10 Moorland Road, Leeds: Edmund J. Arnold (age 40 born Sherborne, Dorset), Stationer employing 18 adults and 10 boys and girls. With his wife Elizabeth Arnold (age 40 born London) and their three children; Edmund G. Arnold (age 15 born Barnstaple); Mary E. Arnold (age 13 born Barnstaple); and Lucy M. Arnold (age 11 born Barnstaple). Also his sister-in-law Margaret Eagleton (age 56 born London). Two servants.[1]

1939 July 13th. Died.

1939 Obituary.[2]

THE death occurred at his residence, Moorfield House, Moortown, Leeds, yesterday, of Mr. Edmund George Arnold, a wartime Lord Mayor of Leeds, and former Pro-Chancellor of Leeds University.

In business Mr. Arnold was head of the printing and stationery firm of E. J. Arnold and Sons, Ltd. He was 74 years of age. had been ailing for many months and his death was not unexpected. He leaves widow, a married son and a married daughter.

In the printing trade, Mr. Arnold was a nationally-known figure, having controlled for over 30 years the business established by his father. From 1916-1918 he was president of the Master Printers’ Federation, and during the War he presided over the committee for the release of printers’ metals, large quantities of which were used for munition purposes. He was chairman of the fund for distressed French printers. In 1907-8 he was president of the Leeds and District Master Printers’ Association, and was the first chairman of the Industrial Council of the printing group of trades.

Mr. Arnold became Lord Mayor at the age of 51. His year fell in a particularly depressing period the War, but his cheerful spirits never flagged. With Leeds University. Mr. Arnold had long and close connection. After some years on the Council he became Pro-Chancellor in 1921, holding office until his resignation in 1926. In 1924 his services were recognised by the conferment on him of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. Leeds Mercury - Friday 14 July 1939