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Samuel Osborn

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Samuel Osborn (1826-1891) of Samuel Osborn and Co, Clyde Steel and Iron Works, Sheffield.

1826 Born in Sheffield the son of Samuel Osborn

Left school at 15; he joined city drapers, T.B. & W Cockayne.

After seven years he moved into the steel industry and joined toolmakers Thomas Ellin & Son later moving to Henry Russell & Company where he became a travelling salesman.

1857 Married Eliza Fawcett[1]; their children included Samuel Osborn (1864-1952), William Fawcett Osborn and Frederic Marmaduke Osborn

1891 Obituary [2]

SAMUEL OSBORN was born at Ecclesall, Sheffield, on 21st August 1826, and on leaving school was apprenticed with Messrs. Thomas Ellin and Sons, and afterwards found employment with Messrs. Henry Russell and Co.

Commencing business on his own account in 1852 at Brookhill, Sheffield, he there manufactured chiefly files; and in 1869 he acquired in addition the more extensive premises of the Clyde Works in the Wicker, where he established himself as a steel refiner on a large scale, and became one of the foremost manufacturers in Sheffield.

He was elected Master Cutler in 1873.

Severe adversities encountered in 1874 were honourably surmounted during the next ten years, and in 1884 he was able to add several other departments to the business.

Having served for several years on the Town Council, he was Mayor of Sheffield at the time of his death, which took place at Blackpool on 7th July 1891, in the sixty-fifth year of his age, after an illness of several months.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1870.

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