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Joseph Wright (1826-1905)

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Joseph Wright (1826-1905) of Joseph Wright and Sons which became the Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Co

1826 Born the son of Joseph Wright

1859 Joseph Wright, Junior, Saltley Works, Birmingham.[1]

1885 of Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Co

1905 April 17th. Died.[2]

1905 Obituary [3]

JOSEPH WRIGHT was born in London on 12th October 1826. His father was a coach builder and mail contractor; and as railways gradually superseded coaches, he transformed his business into that of a railway-carriage builder. The factories in London being too small for the purpose, new headquarters were made at Saltley Works, Birmingham.

Mr. Joseph Wright, Jun., entered his father's office in London, and subsequently became a partner in the firm of Messrs. Joseph Wright and Sons, Birmingham, being associated with his father and with his elder brothers, Henry and Benjamin.

By the retirement of the last named in 1859, he was left sole proprietor of the business, which about 1862 became the Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Co., on the board of which he had a seat for some time. He shortly afterwards moved to London.

His death took place on 17th April 1905, in his seventy-ninth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1859.

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