1817 – 1895
Who was William Collins?
He joined his father, William Collins, printing company in 1848 and helped expand the business into publishing. In 1868, his two sons became partners in the business and it was renamed William Collins, Sons & Co.
Sir William Collins was also politically active, campaigning for the temperance cause throughout his life. Aside from serving as Lord Provost, he also was elected to the Town Council as a Liberal in 1868, became a magistrate in 1873, helped to form the Glasgow Liberal Association in 1878 and became involved in the Glasgow School Board.
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