George Balfour (Conservative MP)
Balfour in 1928
|Died||26 September 1941|
|Engineering discipline||Mechanical engineering|
George Balfour (1872 – 26 September 1941) was a British Conservative Party politician and engineer. He was of Scottish parentage where he also spent part of his upbringing but was born in Portsmouth, England. He served his long parliamentary career representing a constituency in the County of London and lived much of his life in England.
George Balfour joined the Blackness Foundry in Dundee as an apprentice in 1888. He subsequently qualified as a mechanical and electrical engineer. In 1909, together with Andrew Beatty, an English accountant, he founded Balfour Beatty which was to become an international construction business. Under his leadership the company installed a new tramway system in Dunfermline in Fife. The two partners also founded Power Securities, a business established to pursue opportunities in hydro-electric power, in 1922.
Balfour died on 26 September 1941 at which time he was still a serving MP.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir John Fletcher, 1st Baronet
|Member of Parliament for Hampstead
1918 – 1941
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