SD7823 : Blue Plaque- World's First IQ Test, Haslingden Health Centre

taken 9 years ago, near to Haslingden, Lancashire, Great Britain

Blue Plaque- World's First IQ Test, Haslingden Health Centre
Blue Plaque- World's First IQ Test, Haslingden Health Centre
Sir William Mather (15 July 1838 18 September 1920) was a British industrialist and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1885 and 1904.

Mather was born in Manchester, the son of William Mather and his wife Amelia Tidswell and was educated privately. He became chairman of the engineering company of Mather and Platt, Salford who owned the Salford Ironworks. As an employer he was notable for introducing the eight-hour working day for his workers. He was also a J.P.

Mather was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford in 1885, before being removed at the 1886 election. In 1889 he was elected as MP for Gorton, a position he held until his defeat at the 1895 general election. He returned to the House of Commons in 1900 when he won a by-election in the Rossendale division of Lancashire, where he remained until his resignation in 1904.

Apart from his parliamentary and commercial activities, Mather had an interest in the promotion of education. He was on the council of Owen's College and of Manchester University, and was chairman of the Froebel Educational Institute. He was also in charge of the British education section of the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908.

In 1902 he was knighted for his help reorganising the War Office during the Second Boer War, and was made a member of the Privy Council in 1910.

Mather married Emma Watson, daughter of Thomas Watson of Highbury, in 1863 and they had five children

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