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John Dodd

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John Dodd (1837-1912) of Platt Brothers, Hartford Iron Works, Oldham.

1912 Obituary [1]

JOHN DODD was born at Oldham on 7th August 1837.

His engineering training was obtained in the works of Messrs. Platt Brothers and Co., textile machinery manufacturers, of Oldham, with which firm he was associated all his life. He went through the works, first in the pattern shop, and next as a fitter. Gradually he rose by virtue of ability, hard work, and an excellent education, and for the last thirty years be had been a director.

On the death of Mr. Samuel R. Platt in 1902 he succeeded him as Chairman of the company. This post was no light burden for a man of Mr. Dodd's age and his habit of personally supervising its administration, which comprised: Hartford Old Works, Hartford Forge, Hartford Sawmills, Werneth Spindle Works, Hartford New Works, and Collieries.

For twenty-three years he was a member of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce; and he was greatly interested in all matters that affected the industries of the town generally. He was a Justice of the Peace for the town of Oldham.

His death took place suddenly at his residence at Werneth Park, Oldham, on 13th April 1912, in his seventy-fifth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1880.

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