Mayor of Bolton: 1881-82 (Conservative)
Born: Mill Hill, Bolton 1828
Died: Ormskirk, Lancashire 7 January 1901
Bleacher - proprietor of Mill Hill bleachworks.
After leaving school he worked for a short time at the chemical works owned by the Blair family at Kearsley but entered the bleachworks of Blair & Sumner at Mill Hill in January 1843, becoming in turn clerk, cashier and eventually general manager of the business.
He bought the Mill Hill bleachworks of Blair & Sumner from the trustees of the estate of the late Stephen Blair in 1871.
Grandfather of Thomas Glaister, Mayor of Bolton 1949-48.
Represented East Ward 1871-74. Alderman for East Ward from November 1874.
Appointed Magistrate in April 1880.
His wife, Margaret, died on 5 January 1882, during his Mayoral term.
Prominent Freemason. Initiated in the Lodge of Antiquity no 146 in 1856 becoming Master of the Lodge in 1862. In 1874 he was appointed Senior Grand Warden, East Lancashire.
Anglican - he was Warden of St John's Church, Bolton.