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William Hunt (1845-1924)

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William Hunt (1845-1924) of Lee and Hunt and Machine Tool Co

1925 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM HUNT, J.P., was born on 16th October 1845.

After receiving a commercial education he was articled in 1859 to Messrs. Eastwood James and Sons (afterwards Eastwood Swingler and Co., Ltd.), bridge builders and railway engineers, Derby.

He remained with this firm until he was about twenty-four years of age, and then, in 1871, started on his own account in the machine-tool business.

A few years later, in June 1877, he joined Mr. William Lee as a maker of machine-tools, under the style of Messrs. Lee and Hunt, Nottingham.

In 1900 was formed the Machine Tool Co., Ltd., and with this business the subject of this memoir remained connected up to the time of his death, which occurred on 22nd February 1924, in the seventy-ninth year of his age. He took great interest in local affairs, and was for some years Chairman of the Nottingham School Board.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1901.

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