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Charles J. Valentine

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Charles J. Valentine (c1837-1900) of the Moss Bay Hematite Iron and Steel Co

1900 Obituary [1]

CHARLES J. VALENTINE died in November 1900, at the age of sixty-three. He was a director and one of the original partners in the concern now known as the Moss Bay Haematite Iron and Steel Company of Workington.

Mr. Valentine was a native of Stockport. He started life as an accountant, and afterwards with his brothers-in-law, the Messrs. Kirk, established the Workington Iron and Steel Company, which was very successful.

In 1885 Mr. Valentine beat Sir Wilfred Lawson in the contest for the parliamentary seat of the Cockermouth Division. He took an active part in local and county affairs. He was chairman of the Local Board for Workington before the town was incorporated, and was a Justice of the Peace. He was a generous supporter of all religious and social movements for the betterment of the people.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1874.

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