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William Smith (1841-1883)

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William Smith (1841-1883)

c.1841 Born in West Bromwich

1871 William Smith 30, manager of steel nail mills, lived in Swansea with Elizabeth Smith 34, Mirander Smith 6, John J Smith 4, Nelly Smith 3[1]

1881 William Smith 40, steel work's manager, lived in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, with Elizabeth Smith 43, Mirander M Smith 16, John Smith 14, Nelly Smith 13[2]

1883 Obituary [3]

Mr. WILLIAM SMITH, who died at his residence near Glasgow in February last, was born at Ocker Hill, in the parish of Wednesbury, Staffordshire, and was educated at the schools belonging to Messrs. J. Bagnall & Sons, to whom he was afterwards apprenticed.

At the age of eighteen he was made manager of the mill at the Lea Brook Works, and was subsequently employed in a similar capacity at the works of John Brown & Company (Limited), Sheffield.

On the establishment of the Siemens-Steelworks at Landore in 1870, Mr. Smith was appointed mill-manager, in which position he necessarily acquired a great deal of experience of the manufacture of steel on the open hearth. The increasing demand for open-hearth steel led Mr. Smith to associate himself with several other gentlemen in the establishment of the Panteg Steelworks; but as that undertaking did not turn out quite successful,

Mr. Smith quitted Panteg to become works manager to the Steel Company of Scotland, at Hallside, near Glasgow, which position he occupied at the time of his decease.

He became a member of the Institute in 1873.

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