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James Buchanan

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James Buchanan (1853-1917) of James Buchanan and Son

1918 Obituary [1]

JAMES BUCHANAN was born in Liverpool on 20th November 1853.

He was educated at schools in Liverpool, after which he served his apprenticeship from 1868 to 1873 in the works of his father, in Liverpool.

On its completion he became Works Manager, and was taken into partnership in 1877, when the name of the firm was changed to that of James Buchanan and Son; he became sole partner in 1892 of the Caledonia Foundry and Engine Works, Brasenose Road, Liverpool. Under his direction the business made considerable progress, mainly in connexion with the sugar refining industry, brickworks, by-product coke-oven machinery, &c., and he was the inventor of several machines and appliances connected with those industries. At the outbreak of war he undertook important Government contracts, installing an extensive plant for the production of munitions.

Mr. Buchanan was a Past-President of the Liverpool Polytechnic Society, President of the Liverpool Engineering Employers' Association, and was a Member of the Council of the Engineering Employers' Federation.

His death took place in Liverpool on 21st November 1917, at the age of sixty-four.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1899.

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