Kennard Wedgwood (1873-1950)

Eldest son of Laurence Wedgwood, Kennard was educated at Mannheim and Paris. He became a Director of Wedgwood with his cousins Cecil and Frank. Kennard was left mostly in sole charge at the Wedgwood works at the beginning of the 20th century, when the company directors were away on active service in South Africa. In 1903, he too joined the forces and went to Johannesburg. In 1908 he married Kathleen Wright of Johannesburg and they had a daughter, Nancy. He was Chairman of Wedgwood between 1930 and 1946. Most significantly, Kennard went to New York where he established Wedgwood's American headquarters. On his retirement in 1949, the New York branch had expanded to include a staff of thirty and had moved to new premises on 5th Avenue.

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Kennard Wedgwood, © Wedgwood Museum

Kennard Wedgwood
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