Thomas de la Rue
|Thomas de la Rue|
|Born||24 March 1793
Forest, Guernsey, Channel Islands
|Died||7 June 1866 (aged 73)|
|Relatives||Warren de la Rue
He went into business with Tom Greenslade and together they launched the newspaper Le Publiciste. Shortly thereafter Thomas de la Rue launched his own publication, Le Miroir politique.
In 1816 he left Forest, Guernsey, for London, where he initially established a business making straw hats. Then in 1830 together with Samuel Cornish and William Rock he founded a business of "cardmakers, hot pressers and enamellers". in 1831, De la Rue was granted the right to print playing cards, making it the first company to do so; it printed its first pack the following year. Soon afterwards, Thomas hired Owen Jones, a well-known designer and architect. By 1837 his wife, his two sons William Frederick and Warren De la Rue and his eldest daughter were involved in the business. In 1855 Thomas was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. In 1858, he retired from De La Rue, handing over the management of the business to his sons.
He married Jane Warren (17 June 1789 – 22 September 1858) on 21 March 1816. He had six daughters and two sons: Mary, Elizabeth, Georgiana, Louisa, Jane, Warren and William.
- Thomas de la Rue at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Thomas de la Rue at CardsHistory.com
- Houseman, Lorna, The House That Thomas Built: the Story of De La Rue, Chatto & Windus (1968) ISBN 0-7011-1343-X
- Marr, L. James, Guernsey People, Phillimore (1984) ISBN 0-85033-529-9
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