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James Stevenson (1873-1926)

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James Stevenson, 1st Baron Stevenson, GCMG, (2 April 1873 – 10 June 1926), known as Sir James Stevenson, Bt, between 1917 and 1924, was a British businessman and civil servant. [1]


1926 Obituary

"Although Lord Stevenson was not an engineer, it is fitting that his death on Thursday 10th June, should be recorded in our columns, for in many directions the work which he undertook in the last ten or eleven years of his life brought him into contact with, or reacted upon, the engineering industry. He was born at Kilmarnock, Scotland, in 1873, and eventually rose to be managing director of a whiskey distilling firm. When war broke out, in 1914 he offered his services gratuitously to the Government in any capacity in which they could be usefully employed. He was not left long in idleness. Under Under the Ministry of Munitions he was from 1915 to 1917 Director of Area Organisation, and subsequently vice-chairman of the Ministry of Munitions Advisory Committee, a member of the Central Reconstruction Committee, and a member of the Munitions Council for Ordnance. After the was he was appointed chairman of the Committee on Demobilisation and Reconstruction, and from 1919 to 1921 served as Surveyor-General of Supply to the War Office, as a memeber of the Army Council and the Air Council, and as vice-chairman of the Advisory Committee on Civil Aviation...Read More


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