William Cobbett Skinner

William Cobbett Skinner

Birth
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 17 Oct 1947 (aged 90)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Section L
Memorial ID 28270233 · View Source
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Condensed from an obituary in the Springfield Union, 18 October 1947

William C. Skinner was born in Northampton June 12, 1857. He attended Williston Academy and was graduated from Yale University. His first connection with the Skinner Mills, established here by his father, William Skinner, in 1874, was in 1876. In 1883, William and his younger brother Joseph were taken into the business under the name of William Skinner & Sons, and the firm was incorporated in 1889. When his father died in 1902, the son succeeded him as president, but continued to specialize in the merchandizing end of the business, working out of New York. Under his presidency, the firm withstood the stormy periods through which the textile industry was passing.

With the advent of World War II and the impounding by the Government of all raw silks, the company devoted most of its productive capacity to the manufacture of fabrics, principally parachute cloth of silk and nylon.

Mr. Skinner was on the board of the Silk Association of America for over 30 years. He was the first president of that body to act as a good-will ambassador to the Orient and his first visit to Japan was in 1909.



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  • Maintained by: pstott
  • Originally Created by: Amy Choquette
  • Added: 14 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28270233
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Cobbett Skinner (12 Jun 1857–17 Oct 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28270233, citing Forestdale Cemetery, Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by pstott (contributor 47527072) .