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William Fox (1840-1891)

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William Fox (1840-1891)

1891 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM Fox was born at Low Moor, Yorkshire, on 25th October 1840, and in 1862 commenced his career as a schoolmaster at Harrow Weald in Middlesex.

Shortly afterwards he established himself in Leeds, where, being an enthusiast in music, he became organist and choirmaster at St. John's Church.

In 1865 he joined his brother, Mr. Samson Fox, in the engineering business of Messrs. Fox Brothers and Reffit, at the Silver Cross Works, Leeds, where labour-saving tools were made a speciality.

In 1874 they converted their business into the Leeds Forge Company, and secured twenty acres of land for the purpose of its development. For about four years he filled the position of secretary, and afterwards acted as one of the representatives of the firm.

His death took place at his residence, Fairfield House, Harrogate, on 20th February 1891, at the age of fifty, from pleurisy, after two days' illness.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1882.

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