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Colonel Hugh Adams Silver (1825-1912) of S. W. Silver and Co
1825 July 14th. Born at Marylebone the son of Stephen Winckworth Silver and his wife Frances Susan Adams
1851 Living at 29 Avenue Road, Marylebone: Hugh Adams Silver (age 24 born Marylebone), Merchant Clothier. With his wife Annie Ellen Silver (age 21 born Kingsland) and their son Walter Hugh (age 8 Months born Marylebone). Also a visitor. Three servants.
1912 Obituary 
COLONEL HUGH ADAMS SILVER, V.D., D.L., born at St. John’s Wood on the 14th July, 1825, died on the 27th March, 1912, aged 86.
In 1854* he founded the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works at Silvertown. Whilst in charge of the works he erected several telegraph lines and was associated with Sir Charles Wheatstone in experiments on cables.
He gave the name 'ebonite' to the substance now so extensively used in the manufacture of electrical apparatus.
Colonel Silver raised and equipped the 9th Essex Rifle Volunteer Corps, the command of which he held for 30 years.
He was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 5th February, 1861.