John Diston Powles

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John Diston Powles (c. 1787 –14 September 1867) was an English businessman. In the mid-1820s he was heavily involved in the promotion of South American mining companies, and enlisted a young Benjamin Disraeli to write pamphlets promoting these mines, particularly those in Chile.[1][2] Powles was involved in the creation of the St. John d'el Rey Mining Company in 1830 and served as its first chairman.[3]

Powles died at Elstree in 1867.

References[edit]

  • Eakin, Marshall G. ""Business Imperialism and British Enterprise in Brazil: The St. John d'el Rey Mining Company, Limited, 1830-1960." In The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 66, No. 4. (Nov., 1986), pp. 697–741.
  • Veliz, Claudio. "Egana, Lambert, and the Chilean Mining Associations of 1825." In The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 55, No. 4. (Nov., 1975), pp. 637–663.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Deas, Malcolm. "Powles, John Diston (1787/8–1867)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/57749.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ For the Anglo-Chilean Mining Association, see Claudio Veliz, "Egana, Lambert, and the Chilean Mining Associations of 1825" in The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 55, No. 4. (Nov., 1975), pp. 639
  3. ^ Marshall G. Eakin, "Business Imperialism and British Enterprise in Brazil: The St. John d'el Rey Mining Company, Limited, 1830-1960" in The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 66, No. 4. (Nov., 1986), pp. 706