Wednesday, April 23, 2008


William Cartwright

The East Liverpool Tribune


Pioneer Citizen of East Liverpool and One of the Oldest Pottery Manufacturers in the United States


William Cartwright, one of the oldest American pottery manufacturers died last night (May 11, 1906) at 11 o'clock at his home in West Sixth Street. He had been in ill health for the past two years, suffering from a disease of the liver contracted while serving in the Union army during the Civil war. He was taken quite ill at 9 o'clock and passed away two hours later.

The deceased was one of the most highly esteemed men of the community. He was a kind husband and father, a devout Christian and generous to all whenever aid was needed by the destitute or sick

He was a native of England, coming from the pottery districts and was a potter of the old school. He was born in Burslem, Eng., and was 71 years of age the 29th of last December, and was a son of William and Elizabeth Cartwright. He is survived by one brother, Samuel, of Fourth street, with whom he associated in 1864 and began the manufacture of pottery in this city.

Mr. Cartwright was prominent in public affairs and served the interests of the community faithfully and efficiently in many capacities. He was a member of the board of equalization from the time of its inception up until the body was abolished by the present code. He was at one time president of city council, a member of the board of education, an organizer and director of the First National Bank. He was the only surviving incorporator of the First National Bank.

He was president of the Cartwright Bros.' Pottery Co., and treasurer of the Potters Mining & Milling Co., and a director of the Potters National bank, also a director of the Riverview Cemetery association and many other institutions identified with the progress of the city.

He was a private in Co. I, 143rd Ohio volunteer Infantry, and saw hard service. He was also a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows and the G. A. R., and lodge will conduct the funeral services.

Mr. Cartwright was married to Harriet Talbot, April 24th, 1858. Of this union five children were born, all of whom survive. They are Elizabeth, Harry, Ambrose, John and Mrs. S. R. Huss. When only 10 years old Mr. Cartwright joined the Methodist Episcopal church and was a consistent member until a few years ago, when he became a member of the First Presbyterian church, that the entire family would be of the same creed, the children having affiliated with that faith.

In his illness they have been devoted attentive and everything that loving ones could do was done to relieve his sufferings and prolong life. Dr. McClelland, of Pittsburg, was often called in consultation. Mr. Cartwright was a man who never angered and his family never heard a harsh word from him. Major William McKinley was a warm personal friend of Mr. Cartwright. He never came to East Liverpool without paying a visit to his friend.

Funeral arrangements have not been made. The family have the sympathy of a wide host of friends in their sorrow.

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