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John Nelson (1846-1904)

son of Thomas Nelson

of 39 Bootham, York.

1904 Obituary [1]

JOHN NELSON was born in Carlisle on 23rd September 1846, being the third son of the late Mr. Thomas Nelson, railway contractor of Carlisle and York.

He was educated at Carlisle Grammar School, and served his time from 1862 to 1866 with Messrs. James Simpson and Co., of London.

In 1866 he went to the River Plate, and was engaged on engineering work at Rosario and Monte Video, returning to England in 1869.

He was next employed in his father's firm when they were carrying out railway contracts for the London and North Western Railway Co. and the North Eastern Railway Co.

On the death of his brother, Mr. Thomas B. Nelson, in 1878, he became a partner, and continued to carry out several important railway contracts, notably in connection with the extension of the Bute Docks, Cardiff.

His father dying in 1887, he continued to direct the business on his own account.

Failing health during the past two years prevented him from taking such an active part in this work as formerly, and, after a severe heart attack, his illness terminated fatally at York on 11th July 1904, in his fifty-eighth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.

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