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Samuel Sadler

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Sir Samuel Sadler (1842-1911) chairman and managing director of Chance and Hunt and other companies

1842 Born son of James Sadler

1870 Formed a business of tar distillers in Middlesbrough - this became S. A. Sadler and then Sadler and Co

1911 Died


Obituary 1911[1]

THE North of England generally, and the Cleveland district of Yorkshire more particularly, is the poorer for the loss of Sir Samuel Sadler, whose death took place on Friday last, at his house, Eaglescliffe, near Stockton-on-Tees, after an illness of several weeks. Sir Samuel was born in 1842, being the third son of the late Mr. James Sadler, of Langlet Hall, near Birmingham. He was educated privately, and at University College, and among his teachers was Michael Faraday. After graduating at London University he had a practical training in the works of Messrs. Chance, of Oldbury, then the largest firm of chemical manufacturers in the world. It was at the early age of twenty-seven years that he commenced his extensive chemical business at Middlesbrough, which, when converted into a limited liaility company in 1883, with its founder as first managing director, and subsequently as chairman, had branches at Ulverston, Portsmouth, Stockton-on-Tees, Carlton, County Durham, and elsewhere. His activities were not confined to the chemical industry, as he had large interests in the Durham coalfield, the firm of Sir S. A. Sadler, Limited, working the Malton Manor House, Lanchester Hill Top, and the Etherley Grange collieries. Sir Samuel was closely associated with the public life of Middlesbrough, and was mayor of the borough three times, and from 1900 to 1906 he represented the town in Parliament as a Conservative. For a great many years he was a member of the Tees Conservancy Commission the Stockton and Middlesbrough Water Board, and chairman of the Tees Port Sanitary Authority.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1911/10/06