Knight of the Bath

William Hesketh Lever married Elizabeth Ellen Hulme in 1874. In 1917, four years after her death, he was elevated to the peerage and took the title Lord (Viscount) Leverhulme. Last week, he died in London of pneumonia, aged 74. He left behind him a catenation of businesses ' capitalized at £56,627,000 ($275,000,000) and one son, William Hulme Lever, Viscount Leverhulme.

At 16, Mr. Lever came out of the sooty town of Bolton, Lancashire, where he was born, and entered the soap business for life. He began as a...

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