Advertising firm manager
Factory founder and manager
Born in Camden Town, Middlesex; deafened at 12 from scarlet fever. Dropped out of (hearing) school when he became deaf and never finished, though he continued to teach himself through reading at home. Apprenticed for several years to a wood engraver, then went into journalism, often using the pen name "Faed" ("deaf" spelled backwards). Established and ran a large advertising and printing firm in London. In 1889, became a major manufacturer of rubber tires for the Dunlop company, eventually running a large factory with hundreds of employees. Said to have invented rear view mirrors for automobiles. Active in deaf organizations; founded a club for the deaf, was active in London deaf sports organizations, and also founded or presided over two hearing cycling clubs. Established a hostel for war-deafened soldiers. Retired in 1928; was offered the honor of the O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire), but declined. Died at Leamington Spa near Coventry.
Deaf Lives, p.197; Cruel Legacy, p.41-42; Peeps into the Deaf World, p.365-368.
17 February 1858-1945