Sir Thomas Hugh Bell 1844-1931
Thomas Bell was born in Walker-on-Tyne near Newcastle in February 1844, after studying chemistry in 1862 he worked in his father's office in Newcastle and moved to Port Clarence near Middlesbrough in 1863.
In 1880 he took control of the family company Bell Brothers who where owners of several local mines and ironworks. He also built a new basic open-hearth steel making shop in 1901 for local iron ore. He became a Director of several steelmaking companies.
Sir Thomas became a Mayor of Middlesbrough in 1874 and the President of the Iron and Steel Insitute from 1907-1910. The company Bells Brothers merged into one company with Dorman Long in 1923.
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