Apprenticed to a Spitalfields silk weaver in 1775, George Courtauld first worked on his own as silk throwster. Between 1785 and 1794 he made a number of visits to America. In 1794 he established his own textile business at Pebmarsh under the name George Courtald & Co. However by 1816 the business was in financial difficulty: that year George's son Samuel took over the business and built it into one of the largest textile businesses in the United Kingdom.
George was an ardent Unitarian.
George was born on 19 September 1761 to Samuel Courtauld and Louise Perine Ogier. He was christened on 8 October 1761 in the French Huguenot Church, Threadneedle Street, London.
George Courtauld married Ruth Minton on 10 July 1789. Their children were:
- Samuel Courtauld (George Courtauld's son) at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London: Volume 11. Huguenot Society of London. 1917
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