Henry Overton Wills III 1828
With the formation of the Imperial Tobacco Company in 1901 and the Wills
wealth assured, Henry Overton Wills III and his family
began making significant benefactions to a variety of
causes - many of them anonymously (high on the list were
benefactions for religious causes and schemes for social
welfare). His son George announced at a Colston Society
dinner in 1908 that his father was to give £100,000 (R.P.I. around
£6,000,000 in 2004) towards the establishment of a
fully independent Bristol University - making possible
the hopes of the original founders of the college in 1876...
Henry was installed as the University's first chancellor
Henry was the first of the third generation to
enter the firm on the1st January 1846.
||His estate was valued at £5,214,821 when he died in
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