Josias Cunningham


Josias Cunningham

Sir Josias (Joe) Cunningham, DL (20 January 1934 [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9345019 Britannica] ] - 9 August 2000) was a Northern Irish stock broker, farmer and politician.

Early life

Sir Josias, the grandson of Samuel Cunningham, was born into a well-off family of stock brokers, the family firm being " [http://www.ccstockbrokers.com/ Cunningham Coates] " (they also owned the "The Northern Whig" newspaper). He was educated at Fettes College and went on to read biological sciences at Clare College, Cambridge - where his uncle Sir Knox Cunningham had attended. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/873143.stm BBC report on death] ] [ [http://www.electric-review.com/archives/000090.html Electric-Review] ] [ [http://www.fernhillhouse.co.uk/history/default.asp?id=31&cms=history_John+Smith+and+The+Cunninghams_Dunlop+and+Josias+Cunningham&cmsid=1_11_31 Fernhill House History] ]

Career & Politics

As well as working in the family firm he farmed convert|300|acre|km2 of County Antrim. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/873143.stm BBC report on death] ] In 1991 on the death of Sir George Clarke he was elected President of the Ulster Unionist Council and was one of the last remainders of Northern Ireland's moneyed families to remain involved in politics since the onset of the troubles. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B04E6DA123FF930A2575BC0A9669C8B63 New York Times Obituary] ] He was also an Orangeman [ [http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article270727.ece The Independent Obituary] ] and lived on his farm at Templepatrick, County Antrim.

Death

Sir Josias died, in 2000, in a car accident at Carryduff, County Down, [ [http://www.electric-review.com/archives/000090.html Electric-Review] ] aged 66. His funeral took place in Donegore Presbyterian Church. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/873143.stm BBC report on death] ] He was married and had four children. The UUP headquarters, "Cunningham House", was named in his family's honour, and was dedicated by his widow. [ [http://www.sundaylife.co.uk/news/article3013215.ece The Sunday Life] ]

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