William Henry Brown
Mayor of Bolton: 1908-09 (Conservative)
Born: Kirkham, Lancashire September 1850
Died: Hearn Bay, Kent 19 July 1931
Educated: Kirkham Grammar School; Studied textiles at Bolton Technical School
Master cotton Spinner.
Came to Bolton with his family in 1862 and immediately started work at Wainwright & Hardcastle's Mill in Brook Street. At 15 he became an overlooker and at 17 he became a manager at the company's Daubhill Mill. He later became Manager at Holdsworth's Marsh Fold Mill. Next he went on the clerical staff of Grecian Mill, then Secretary for Crosses & Winkworth's for several years. He finally became Manager of Thomas Taylor & Sons Grecian Mills before buying Rumworth Cotton Works, which he sold in 1919.
He founded Pioneer Life Insurance in 1891.
Magistrate from 1899.
Represented Rumworth Ward 1896-1904. Alderman from 1904.
He was Chairman of the Licensing Committee 1903-5, the Finance Committee 1905-15 and the Watch Committee 1915-28.
Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.
Member of Lancashire Asylum Board, representative for West Lancashire Territorial Association.
Chairman of W H & J Wood Ltd, Tobacco Manufacturers of Glasgow & Preston.
Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Anglican - he was a teacher at St Paul's Church Sunday School and attended Christ Church, Heaton in his later years.
His wife, Elizabeth, was Mayoress.