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Sir Amos Nelson (1860–1947) by Lafayette, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nelson, Sir Amos (1860–1947), cotton manufacturer, was born on 31 January 1860 at Winewall, near Colne, Lancashire, the eldest son of James Nelson (1831–1912), an overlooker, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Hartley. Although he came from a hand-loom weaving family, James Nelson...