Samuel Pearson

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Samuel Pearson (1814–1884) was an English entrepreneur and founder of Pearson plc, a leading publishing company listed on the London Stock Exchange. His grandson Weetman Pearson was ennobled, making Samuel Pearson the ancestor of Viscount Cowdray.


After working as a labourer, Pearson set up his own brickmaking and contracting business in Bradford in 1844.[1] In 1856, he brought his son, George, into the business and in 1857 the business won an important contract for extension and refurbishment work on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.[2] By 1861 it was employing 9 men and a farmer.[3] He retired in 1879 and died in Scholes in 1884.[4]


  1. ^ "Our History". Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Garner, p. 38
  3. ^ 1861 census
  4. ^ "Samuel Pearson". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 


  • Garner, Paul (2011). British Lions and Mexican Eagles: Business, Politics and Empire in the Career of Weetman Pearson in Mexico, 1889-1919. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0804774451. 
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