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George Saxon (1821-1875)

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George Saxon (1821-1875) of George Saxon

1858 Birth of son George Saxon (1858-1924)

1858 Birth of son James Saxon

1859 Birth of son Alfred Saxon


1880 Obituary [1]

GEORGE SAXON was born in Manchester on 20th September 1821.

He was apprenticed with Mr., afterwards Sir William Fairbairn, at his Manchester works — an apprenticeship which he completed to Mr. Fairbairn's great satisfaction.

Afterwards he superintended the erection of many of Mr. Fairbairn's great engineering works. In 1851 he accepted an engagement as foreman to Mr. Benjamin Goodfellow, Engineer, at Hyde, near Manchester.

While in this employment, in 1854, he patented a fusible plug for steam boilers, which has proved highly successful, and is still extensively used.

In 1856 he commenced business in Openshaw, Manchester, as engineer and millwright — a business which increased considerably under his energetic and skilful management. His great practical knowledge led him to make many improvements in this department of engineering, amongst others an automatic cut-off motion, which is being extensively applied at the present time.

His death took place at his residence at Openshaw, on 31st October 1879, at the age of fifty-eight.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1875.


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