Richard Atwood Glass
Glass was born in Bradford, Wiltshire in Southern England, the son of Francis Glass. He was educated at King's College London. In 1846 with George Elliot, he provided capital for an insolvent wire-rope manufacturers Heimann & Kuper, and by 1851 the firm was trading as Glass, Elliott & Company. The company produced submarine communications cables and in 1854 ran a circuit from Denmark to Sweden and undertook the manufacture of long cables for the French Mediterranean Telegraph Company of J W Brett. The cables with a resin-insulated conducting wire protected by an armour of iron wire proved to be very long-lasting, and in the later 1850s the company introduced anti-corrosive compounds to coat the finished cable. The firm merged with the Gutta-Percha Company in 1864, and Glass became managing director of the resulting Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Company. Glass's company provided half of the first Transatlantic telegraph cable and all the cable laid by the Great Eastern in 1866. Glass was knighted for these services on 26 November 1867.
Glass married Anne Tanner, daughter of Thomas Tanner of Amesbury in 1854.
- William Retlaw Williams. The parliamentary history of the county of Worcester : including the city of Worcester, and the boroughs of Bewdly, Droitwich, Dudley, Evesham, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Pershore, from the earliest times to the present day, 1213-1897 ; with biographical and genealogical notices of the members
- Distant Writing - A History of the Telegraph Companies in Britain between 1838 and 1868
- The London Gazette: . 27 November 1866. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Anita McConnell, ‘Glass, Sir Richard Atwood (1820–1873)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004 accessed 16 Aug 2010
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard Glass
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Thomas Winnington
|Member of Parliament for Bewdley
1868 – 1869