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Edward Fletcher (1840-1887)

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Edward Fletcher (1840-1887) of William Collier and Co

c.1840 Born son of James Fletcher

1887 Obituary [1]

EDWARD FLETCHER was born in Manchester on 9th September 1840, and was the third son of the late Mr. James Fletcher, of Messrs. William Collier and Co., engineers and machine-tool makers, Salford, who was a Member of this Institution till his death in 1881.

At the age of fourteen he was placed in the drawing office of these works, of which his father was then the sole proprietor; and in 1876 he was made a partner in the firm, along with his two younger brothers, Joseph Fletcher and David Hardman Fletcher.

From 1866, to 1876 he had entire management of the foundry belonging to the firm; and since the death of his brother, David Hardman Fletcher, in 1884, he had the entire control and management of the business until his death. He was thoroughly acquainted both practically and theoretically with the manufacture of machine tools.

He died on 27th June 1887 at the age of forty-six, after a short illness.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1885.

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