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William Henry Cowan

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Sir W. Henry Cowan (1862-1932), gas meter manufacturer and politician

1862 Born in Edinburgh, son of William Cowan

1899 Married Winifrede Smith

1900 Became associated with Parkinson and W. and B. Cowan. formed to take over the gas meter factory in London formed by W. C. Parkinson in 1862.

1906 Elected Liberal MP for Guildford

1910 MP for East Aberdeenshire

1911 William Henry Cowan 48, Manufacturer, gas engineering , employer, lived in Buxted with Winifred Cowan 40, Eric William Lindsay Cowan 9[1]

1923 Elected Unionist MP for North Islington

1929 Chairman of Parkinson and Cowan

1932 Died in Westminster[2]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. The Times Jan. 12, 1932