Edwin Waterhouse

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Edwin Waterhouse

Edwin Waterhouse (4 June 1841 – 17 September 1917) was an English accountant. He is best known for having co-founded, with Samuel Lowell Price and William Hopkins Holyland, the accountancy practice of Price Waterhouse that now forms part of PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 1889 Waterhouse, along with a group of prominent businessmen, politicians and lawyers, founded The Law Debenture Corporation. He also served as president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for the years 1892 to 1894.[1][2]

Born at Oakfield, Aigburth, Liverpool, Edwin Waterhouse was the son of wealthy mill-owning Quaker parents. His brothers were prominent architect Alfred Waterhouse, designer of London's Natural History Museum and many other iconic Victorian buildings, and solicitor Theodore Waterhouse, who founded the firm of Waterhouse & Co. that continues to practise in the City of London (now as part of Field Fisher Waterhouse).[1]

Edwin Waterhouse was educated at University College School and then its associated university University College London. In later life he published his memoirs, describing his upbringing, education and professional life, along with his relationship with his two brothers.[1]

In 2007 the courtyard of Foxhill House, the Alfred Waterhouse designed building that now houses the University of Reading's faculty of law, was refurbished with a grant from PriceWaterhouseCoopers in memory of Edwin Waterhouse.[3]

His son, Nicholas Edwin Waterhouse, became senior partner of Price Waterhouse & Company, and president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.[4]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Waterhouse, Edwin (1988). Edgar Jones (ed.). The Memoirs of Edwin Waterhouse. Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-5579-9.
  2. ^ "Chronological list of presidents together with the firms from which they emanated". Institute of Chartered Accountants. Retrieved 2007-11-08.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Bulletin - 8 November 2007" (PDF). University of Reading. p. 3. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  4. ^ "Sir Nicholas Waterhouse." The Times, 30 December 1964, p. 10.