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Edward Paxton
Hartley

Market Agent & Town Councillor

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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Edward Paxton Hartley was born on 16 October 1859.

He had diversified business interests. He was a market agent and started his firm E.P. Hartley & Company on the Market Square which sold market produce and wool. He was also a landing, shipping and forwarding agent, as well as a cartage contractor. For a time served as the municipal Market Master.

This was a time when East London was expanding rapidly. Indeed, it was the golden age of the port, a time when electricity was introduced, a tramway system built and the town hall constructed.

Hartley entered the Town Council in May 1904 when he was elected to represent Ward 2. He was re-elected in February 1905 but resigned in October 1906 because of ill health.

He died on 2 October 1941 at the age of 82, and was buried at East London.

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