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15th May, 1831
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
24th December, 1895
|Place of Death||
Glenfarne Hall, Glenfarne, County Leitrim
Belfast City Cemetery 54°35′N 5°59′W / 54.59°N 5.98°W / 54.59; -5.98
Shipbuilder, businessman, politician
Sir Edward James Harland, 1st Baronet (15 May 1831 – 24 December 1895), was an Ulster-based British shipbuilder and politician.
Born in Scarborough in the North Riding of Yorkshire, he was educated at Edinburgh Academy.
In 1846, aged 15, he took an apprenticeship at the engineering works of Robert Stephenson and Company in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Afterwards he was employed in jobs in Glasgow and again in Newcastle, before moving to Belfast in 1854 to manage Robert Hickson's shipyard at Queen's Island.
Four years later he bought the yard and renamed the business Edward James Harland and Company.
In 1861 he formed a business partnership with Gustav Wilhelm Wolff, his former personal assistant, creating Harland and Wolff.
Later, Harland recruited William James Pirrie as another partner.
Edward Harland, Gustav Wolff and William James Pirrie maintained a successful business, receiving regular orders from the White Star Line, before Harland's retirement in 1889, leaving Wolff and Pirrie to manage the shipyard.
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