Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent
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|Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent|
2 June 1850|
|Died||13 June 1931
|Spouse(s)||Florence Anne Rowe|
|Children||Dorothy Florence Boot
Margery Amy Boot
John Boot, 2nd Baron Trent
|Parents||John Boot (father)
Mary Wills (mother)
Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent (2 June 1850 – 13 June 1931) transformed The Boots Company, founded by his father, John Boot, into a national retailer, which branded itself as "Chemists to the Nation", before he sold his controlling interest to American investors in 1920.
John Boot offered his close friend and business associate John Harston the opportunity of going into business with him, but Harston declined, feeling the venture was not worth investing in.
Boot was a great benefactor to the City of Nottingham. He donated land for the new University College at Highfields, now the University of Nottingham, which opened in 1928 and was presented with the Freedom of the City of Nottingham in 1920. He was also a significant benefactor to his wife's home, Jersey.
Boot was knighted in 1909, created a baronet in 1917, and in the New Year's Honours of 1929 was elevated to the peerage as Baron Trent, of Nottingham in the County of Nottingham. These latter honours probably owed as much to his solid support of the Liberal Party as to his philanthropy to the city of his birth.
He died in Jersey in 1931. The Sir Jesse Boot Chair in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham was named in his honour. His widow commissioned the French glass artist René Lalique to refit the church of St Matthew, Millbrook (popularly known as the "Glass Church") as a memorial to him.
In 1934 a Primary school was built in Bakersfield in Sir Jesse Boot's memory named "Jesse Boot Primary School". Jesse Boot Primary School was closed in 2009 and was replaced under the name "Nottingham Academy" which connected to "Greenwood secondary school" and others. The building was destroyed the following year.
- Jesse Boot of Boots the Chemist: A study in Business History by Stanley Chapman (Detail from a copy of the book with black and white plates of Jesse Boot and published by Hodder and Stoughton UK as a special edition for The Boots Company Nottingham in 1973 with an ISBN 0-340-17704-7.)
- Biography - on Boots corporate website
- Boots family philanthropy - on Boots corporate website
- Chemists to the Nation - article in Pharmaceutical Journal
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Baron Trent
John Campbell Boot
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
John Campbell Boot