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James Gordon

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James Gordon (1870-1932), founder of James Gordon and Co

1932 Obituary [1]

JAMES GORDON established in 1900 the firm bearing his name and upon its formation into a limited liability company in 1922, was appointed chairman and managing director. He was well known as a water-power engineer, and in later years his firm took active interest in steam-plant equipment.

He was born in London in 1870, and after receiving twelve months' technical training at King's College, commenced his apprenticeship in 1887 with Messrs. W. McKinnon and Company of Aberdeen, and later with Messrs. Aitken, McNeil and Company of Govan.

From 1892 to 1894 he was engaged as draughtsman to Messrs. S. S. Stott and Company of Haslingden, and the New Conveyor Company of London.

Mr. Gordon then returned to Aberdeen to take up an appointment as assistant works manager to Messrs. W. McKinnon and Company, retaining this position until 1896, when he became draughtsman to Dr. S. Z. de Ferranti for about eighteen months.

He was only 28 years of age when he took up a partnership and acted as London manager for Messrs. Ralph Douse and Company, engineers and contractors. Subsequently he commenced business for himself.

Mr. Gordon had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1898.

His death occurred on 12th September 1932.

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