Benjamin Hanson was a woollen manufacturer, town councillor and alderman.
Yorkshire Evening Post (06/Feb/1894):
Alderman Benjamin Hanson, cloth manufacturer, died this morning from the effects of gout and influenza, at his residence, Fern Lea, Longwood, at the age of 75 years. He was a member of the Huddersfield Town Council from 1870 until his death, and an alderman from 1887.
Bradford Daily Telegraph (07/Feb/1894):
Mr Benjamin Hanson, an alderman of the borough of Huddersfield and a well-known woollen manufacturer, died at his residence, Fern Lea, Longwood, yesterday morning, in his seventy-sixth year. Many years ago Mr Hanson began business as a woollen cloth manufacturer at Longwood, and subsequently took into partnership the late Mr E. Hirst, of Lascelles Hall. In politics Mr Hanson was a Liberal, and in religion was connected with the High Street Chapel of the Methodist New Connexion.
Huddersfield Chronicle (07/Feb/1894):
The heavy mortality amongst the public men of Huddersfield recently has been increased by the death, at half-past 10 on Tuesday morning, of Alderman Benjamin Hanson, at his residence, Fern Lea, Long wood. The deceased, who had been suffering for some time past from gout, was attacked about a fortnight ago with influenza, from the after effects of which he died. He was elected a member of the Huddersfield Town Council for the Marsh Ward in 1870, and continued to represent that ward up to January, 1884, when he resigned after his defeat by Alderman B. Schofield in the contest for the vacancy on the aldermanic bench caused by the death of Alderman Thomas Denham. In his letter to the Council Mr. Hanson stated that “in the absence of any hope of promotion he found that his desire for the arduous duties of the Council did not increase with his growing years.” When a vacancy occurred in the representation of the Marsh Ward, in July of the same year, however. Mr. Hanson was again elected, and in 1887 he was promoted to the alder manic bench. He was vice-chairman of the Watch Committee from 1889 up to the time of his death, and he was also a member of many of the committees and sub-committees of the Council, having taken special interest in the work of the waterworks department. He was recently elected presiding alderman for the North Ward in the place of Alderman Heppenstall, resigned. He was a Liberal in politics, and in religion a member of the Methodist New Connexion body. He was a woollen cloth manufacturer, carrying on business for many years at the mills near his residence during the latter part of the time, and with the late Mr. Edwards Hirst, of Lascelles Hall, under the style of Hirst, Hanson, and Sons. Deceased was 75 years of age.