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Christopher Furness, first Baron Furness (1852–1912) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Furness, Christopher, first Baron Furness (1852–1912), shipowner and industrialist, was born on 23 April 1852 at West Hartlepool, the seventh son of John Furness (1808–1885), provision merchant, and his wife, Averill, daughter of John Wilson of Naisbet Hall, co. Durham. John Furness worked as a coal trimmer on the local railway line until 1850 when he founded a grocery and provisioning business in ...

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Lithgow family (per. c. 1870–1952), shipbuilders and industrialists, came to prominence with William Todd Lithgow (1854–1908), shipbuilder, and his sons, James and Henry. Born at Port Glasgow, William Todd Lithgow was the second son of James Lithgow (d. 1870), a cotton yarn merchant, and his wife, ...

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Smith, George Samuel Fereday (1812–1891), industrialist and canal manager, was born on 7 May 1812, at Tipton, Staffordshire, the elder son of the ironmaster Richard Smith (d. 1868), and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Fereday, the most prominent ironmaster of the region. ...