William Henry Grant, born at Foleshill, Coventry in 1858, learned the business whilst working for
Thomas Stevens most likely as a loom maker and designer. At 24 years of age, now in business for
himself, he exhibited at the Peterborough Industrial and Fine Arts Exhibition of 1882 held in
Fitzwilliam Hall during April of that year. He advertised "an improved Jaquard Loom for weaving
ladies' neck ribbons, Exhibition souvenirs and silk goods generally".
Grant was elected to City Councilman in 1906, was made Justice of the Peace and became Mayor
of Coventry 3 times. He died in 1931, aged 73 and was a true Entrepreneur of the Coventry Industrial