Oddy, William

Oddy, William
Oddy, William
Oddy, William
Description
Portrait of Alderman William Oddy JP

Biographical note in Sowden's notebook:

Mr Oddy was born at Tong in 1824. He was apprenticed to & became a partner at his father's firm of james Oddy & Sons, Woolstapler. As the sole surviving partner Mr Wm. Oddy had for some years conducted the business alone. He served the Birkenshaw Local Board for 13 years & was Chairman in 1867. In 1880 Mr Wm. Oddy was returned to the Town Council for the Exchange Ward. He sat for this ward until 1892. He acted as deputy-chairman in the Finance & general Purposes Committee. On the expectation of this fourth term of office as a Councillor Mr Oddy in 1892 was elected from the outside the Council to the position of Mayor. During his mayoralty the first sod was cut in the construction of Gouthwaite Reservoir, the ceremony being performed by the Mayoress. He retired from the Council after his mayoralty. He contested the Exchange Ward as a Liberal in 1893 but was defeated by Mr Ed. Dobson by 34 votes. Mr Oddy was a J.P. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce about 20 years, being elected in 1814. To ???/ a few years of his death he was chairman of the Bfd Exchange Co. He was also a director of the Bfd Banking Co Ltd. He was a life-long active Liberal. Mr Oddy was an active Wesleyan & was superintendent of the Sunday School at Birkenshaw. Mr Ooddy was twice married, first to Miss Mirfield of Tong by whom he had 2 sons & 2 daughters and secondly to a daughter of the late Mr Saml. Musgrave of Harrogate who survives him.






Year
1889
Image filename
sowden-75
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