George Hudson

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George Hudson (probably 10 March 1800 – 14 December 1871), English railway financier, known as "The Railway King", was born, the fifth son of a farmer, in Howsham, in the parish of Scrayingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire, north of Stamford Bridge, east of York. He is buried in Scrayingham. <!-- In 1815 at the age of 15 he fled his home village in disgrace having fathering a child. **unreferenced and unverified** -->


After a cursory education, at age 15, he was apprenticed to Bell and Nicholson, a firm of drapers in College Street, York. He finished his time in 1820, was taken on as a tradesman, and given a share in the business. The following year he married Nicholson's daughter. When Bell retired, the firm became Nicholson and Hudson.Michael Reed, Hudson, George (the Railway King] (1800–1871), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 , accessed 19 Oct 2009]Vaughan, A., (1997) Railwaymen, Politics and Money, London: John Murray

In 1827, his great-uncle Matthew Botrill fell ill and Hudson attended at his bedside. In thanks for this, the old man made a will leaving him his fortune of £30,000 From being a Methodist and a Dissenter, Hudson changed his allegiance to become a High Church Tory. In 1833 it became...
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