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James Campbell (1838-1905) of the Hunslet Engine Co

1838 June 30th. Born at Greenock the son of Alexander Campbell.

1851 Living at 28 Peel Street, Hunslet, Leeds: Alexander Campbell (age 45 born Scotland), Foreman of Engineers, Locomotives. With his wife Christiana Campbell (age 40 born Scotland) and their children George Campbell (age 14 born Scotland), Engineer Apprentice; James Campbell (age 12 born Scotland); Alexander Campbell (age 10 born Scotland); and Marrian Campbell (age 8 born Scotland). Also lodging is William Potterson (age 23 born Scotland), Engineer, Locomotive; and Robert Burns (age 22 born Scotland), Engineer, Locomotive.[1]

1865 December 21st. Married at Bradford to Helen George

1905 October 14th. Died at Leeds.

1905 Obituary [2]

JAMES CAMPBELL was born at Greenock on 19th June 1838, being the son of the late Mr. Alexander Campbell, who settled in Leeds in 1851 as manager of the Railway Foundry.

He served his apprenticeship under his father at the Railway Foundry, and in 1858 entered the service of the East Indian Railway Co., at the Howrah Works, where he remained until 1862.

Returning to England he became manager of the Hunslet Engine Co., locomotive builders, of Leeds, on the establishment of that firm in 1864.

In 1875 he acquired the works in partnership with his brother, after whose death in 1889 he carried on the business in association with his sons.

In 1902 the concern was converted into a private company of which he became chairman, a position he retained until his death, which occurred after some months of failing health on 12th October 1905, in his sixty-eighth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1869.

Obituary 1905 [3]

. . . head of the Hunslet Engine Co . . . Born in Greenock in 1838, he came to Leeds as a youth with his father, the late Alexander Campbell. Serving his time under his father, at that time manager of the Railway Foundry, Leeds, he proceeded, in 1858, to India, where he remained until 1862, engaged in the East Indian Railway Company's works at Howrah. Returning to Leeds on the establishment of the Hunslet Engine Company in 1864, he became manager until 1873, in which year, in partnership with his brother, the late George Campbell, they acquired the works. Since the death of George Campbell in 1889, the business has been carried on by James Campbell in association with his sons. Three years ago the concern was, for family reasons, converted into a limited liability company . . .

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