Thomas Watson (silk spinner)
Thomas Watson (1821 – 7 March 1887), was an English silk spinner and Liberal Party politician.
Watson began life as a silk spinner. In 1846 with two fellow workers, he started a silk-spinning and hatter business in Rochdale. He was responsible for the invention of silk-plush for hat-making and became sole partner in the firm of Thomas Watson & Sons, silk-plush manufacturers of Rochdale. He funded a new infirmary for the town of Rochdale, became chairman of Rochdale School Board, and treasurer of the Free Church Denomination. He was also J.P. for Rochdale.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Thomas Watson
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1885 – 1887
Sir Balthazar Foster
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