• Born date: 1801-02-07
  • Born in: Lancashire
  • Death date: 1888-12-11
  • Death in: Stretford
John Rylands

John Rylands (7 February 1801 – 11 December 1888) was an English entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He was the owner of the largest textile manufacturing concern in the United Kingdom, and Manchester's first multi-millionaire.After having learned to weave, Rylands became a small-scale manufacturer of hand-looms, while also working in the draper's shop which his father had opened in St. Helens.