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John William Jagger

John William Jagger (1859 - 1930) was a businessman and politician. Born in Britain, he migrated to South Africa in 1883, setting up an importation business in 1886 with Albin Fleming and eventually expanding this to the Transvaal after the discovery of gold there. Later the two men began building factories and manufacturing goods themselves, and J.W. Jagger & Co became a large and profitable enterprise with branches across South Africa and also in Britain, Europe and also the US. Jagger was active in public life as part of various South African chambers of commerce, and also funded and promoted various educational initiatives. Jagger also served as an MP from 1910 until 1929 when he retired, and was a particularly active proponent of Union.

For further information see:
P.F. van der Schyff (1968) ‘Jagger, John William’ in (ed) W.J. de Kock Dictionary of South African Biography¬† Vol I Pretoria: National Council for Social Research, pp. 407 - 408
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