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Mark Firth


FIRTH, MARK (1819-188o), English steel manufacturer and philanthropist, was born at Sheffield on April 25, 1819, the son of a steel smelter. At the age of 14 Mark, with his brother, left school to join their father in the foundry where he was em ployed, and ten years later the three together started a six-hole furnace of their own. Their huge Norfolk works were erected at Sheffield in 1849, and still greater ones were afterwards acquired at Whittington in Derbyshire, and others at Clay Wheels near Wadsley. Mark Firth made many benefactions to the town of Sheffield, and on his death on Nov. 28, 188o, was accorded a public funeral.