Alderman Sir William Wade

Alderman Sir William Wade
Alderman Sir William Wade
Alderman Sir William Wade
Watercolour portrait of Alderman Sir William Wade by John Sowden

from John Sowden's notebooks:

"Was born at Great Horton in March 1849. His father was a farmer at Great Horton but, having no desire to succeed him, at the age of 13 years Mr Wade began his business career with the local drysalter and afterwards as office boy at Bowling Dyeworks. Later he had responsible positions with Russell, Douglas & Co. and SP Myers & Co. With the latter firm he remained as bookkeeper and cashier. After a short partnership with his brother in 1883 David Wade he commenced [the] business of William Wade & Co. which has grown to be one of the principal firms in the city.

In 1904 he successfully opposed the return of the late Edward Dobson in the Exchange Ward and from that time, 1904, until 1917 when he was made an Alderman he has been returned to the Council unopposed. He was made Lord Mayor.

Mr Wade is an active member of the Royal Infirmary Charity Organisation Society, the local branch of the Royal Life Boat Institution, is chairman of the Bradford Warehousemen, Clerks and Drapers School and at one time sat on the board of the Bradford Children's Hospital. He is chairman of the Bradford Permanent Orchestra and is associated with the Bradford Musical Union, of which he has been president.

Mr Wade married the daughter of the late Mr Charles Womersley of Saltaire and has issue one son and two daughters. He received the honour of knighthood [in] 1920."
John Sowden
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