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Silas Burroughs: American Ambition and Global Enterprise (Paperback)

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Silas Burroughs arrived in London from America in 1878 and proved

himself an exceptional entrepreneur, taking the pharmaceutical business by

storm. He was the brains and energy behind Burroughs Wellcome & Co. With

his business partner Henry Wellcome he created an internationally successful

firm, the legacy of which can be found in the charity the Wellcome Trust, yet

few now remember him and the impact he made in his short lifetime.

A consummate salesman, Burroughs was also an astute businessman, with

new ideas for marketing, advertising and manufacturing: his writings describe

sales trips around the world and the people he met. He was also a visionary

employer, supporting the eight-hour working day, profit-sharing, and numerous

social and radical political movements including the single tax movement, free

travel, Irish Home Rule and world peace.

In this first biography of Burroughs, Sheppard explores his American

origins, religion and marriage, and his philanthropic work, as well as

re-evaluating the dramatic deterioration of his relationship with his partner


BiographyBiography: generalBiography: science, medicine, technology & engineeringBusinessBusiness & managementHistory & PoliticsRegional & national history Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd Publication Date: 25/08/2022 ISBN-13: 9780718895990  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Julia Sheppard graduated in history from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has spent her career working with military and medical archives. She was recently Chair of the British Records Association, and as Head of Research and Special Collections at the Wellcome Library, she was instrumental in the acquisition of Burroughs' papers. He has fascinated her ever since. Her previous publications include British Archives: a Guide to Archive Resources in the United Kingdom.

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