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The George Wilson Papers
The George Wilson Papers
1827-1885
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Correspondence of George Wilson and other family members Place:/Manchester/Manchester/Lancashire/England
Title:
The George Wilson Papers
Date of work:
1827-1885
Reference number:
GB127.M20
Level of description:
Fonds
Custodial history:
George Wilson (1808-1870), was closely associated with the political, economic and commercial life of Manchester during the middle decades of the 19th century. He sprang into public prominence as secretary to the committee whose agitations resulted in the incorporation of the Borough of Manchester in 1838. He sat as a member of the council, 1841-1844. A strong adherent of the Anti-Corn Law movement, Wilson became chairman of the League in 1841 and occupied that position until the repeal of the legislation in 1846. He became chairman of the Lancashire Reformers' Union (1858) and six years later president of the National Reform Union. He was a director of the Electric Telegraph Company, a director and subsequently deputy chairman of the Manchester and Leeds Railway and eventually chairman of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company. He died on 29th December 1870, and was interred in Ardwick Cemetery These papers number 5,000 items and include correspondence from Gladstone, Bright, Cobden and other prominent figures.
Source:
Donated to the Central Library by Mr. G.M.T. Wilson of Beckenham, Kent, in 1956.
Use restrictions:
Unrestricted
Record types:
COLLECTION
Language:
English
Record number:
7187651
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