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George Balfour (1872 – 26 September 1941) was a British Conservative Party politician and engineer.

Career

Of Scottish ancestry but born in Portsmouth, George Balfour joined the Blackness Foundry in Dundee as an apprentice in 1888. He subsequently qualified as a mechanical and electrical engineer.[1]

In 1909, together with Andrew Beatty, an English accountant, he founded Balfour Beatty which was to become an international construction business.[1] Under his leadership the company installed a new tramway system in Dunfermline in Fife.[1] The two partners also founded Power Securities, a business established to pursue opportunities in hydro-electric power, in 1922.[1]

From 1918 to 1942, Balfour sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Hampstead.[2] He contributed to many debates on employment issues.[1]

Balfour died on 26 September 1941 at which time he was still a serving MP.[1]

References

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Fletcher, 1st Baronet
Member of Parliament for Hampstead
1918 – 1941
Succeeded by
Charles Challen

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