- Ernest Cable, 1st Baron Cable
Ernest Cable, 1st Baron Cable (
1 December 1859– 28 March 1927) was a British- Indian merchantand financier.
Cable was born in
Calcutta. He was the son of George Hebberd Cable, a superintendent with the Indian Customs and Excise Service, and Emily Maria Pickersgill. He was educated privately and at the University of Calcutta, and then joined Bird & Co, a merchant house in Calcutta which had interests in many different areas of commerce, especially labour contracting (in which it had started), coaland jute. In 1886 he became a partner in the company. By 1896 the company directly employed 15,000 people and contracted 15,000 more. Much of this expansion was due to Cable's business acumen and his knowledge of India and good relations with its people. He also set up a subsidiary in the City of Londonto ease British investments in the company. By 1914 he was senior partner of Bird & Co.
In 1917 Bird acquired a controlling interest in F. W. Heilgers & Co, another Calcutta merchant house, creating by far the largest company in India, employing 100,000 people.
Cable was also a director of the
Western Assurance Company, the Tanganyika Development Company, and the British America Assurance Company.
From 1903 to 1905, Cable was member of the Viceroy's Council and in 1905–1906 he was
Sheriffof Calcutta; he was knighted in 1906 when the Prince and Princess of Wales visited the city. He was also High Sheriff of Devonin 1916. He was ennobled, as Baron Cable, of Idefordin the County of Devon, in the 1921 New Year Honours.
He died in
Londonand was buried in Ideford in Devon on 31 March 1927.
10 October 1888, he married Lilian Sarah Sparkes, daughter of Weston Joseph Sparkes. They had two daughters and one son, who was killed fighting in the First World Warin 1915, so that the baronybecame extinct on Cable's death.
A Junior Wing House at
St Paul's School, Darjeeling, India, where all the houses are named after colonial age figures, is named after him.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography"
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