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James Harrington

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James Harrington (c1877-1935), managing director of Hill and Harrington

1935 Obituary [1]

JAMES HARRINGTON was managing director of Messrs. Hill and Harrington, Ltd., and also a consulting mechanical and electrical engineer. In the latter capacity he was associated with the installation of electric lighting plants of many country houses, and with the whole engineering layout of farm estates. In addition he was consulting engineer to several London restaurants and retail stores, and held many patents standing in his name.

Mr. Harrington was born in London and commenced an indentured apprenticeship in 1889 with Messrs. J. H. Storey and Company, machine tool makers. He received his technical education at University College, London, and subsequently at Finsbury College.

From 1897 to 1899 he gained further practical experience with various engineering firms, and in 1900 was appointed assistant works manager to Messrs. Edison and Swan, at Ponder's End lamp works.

He joined the Sir Hiram Maxim Engineering Company, Ltd., in a similar capacity in 1905 and two years later was appointed works manager, holding this position until 1909, when he established the firm associated with his name. He was responsible for the manufacture of a considerable number of mechanical appliances for Government and railway departments, and for the layout and complete equipment of factories and workshops.

Mr. Harrington was elected to Associate Membership of the Institution in 1916, and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He was a past-president of the London Association of Engineers, for whom he had formerly acted as secretary for many years.

His death occurred at Harrow on 18th February 1935, in his fifty-ninth year.

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