William Henry Lax (1868-1937)
William Henry Lax was born in Manchester. He became a lay agent in 1890 and the following year conducted evangelistic missions on the Isle of Man. Lax candidated in 1892 and trained for the ministry at Didsbury. After ordination he was appointed District Missionary to the Halifax and Bradford District, but soon accepted an invitation by Hugh Price Hughes to join the West London Mission staff.
In 1902 Lax was appointed to the Poplar and Bow Mission and he was to remain there for the rest of his life. In 1906 he was co-opted on the Borough Council as an Alderman, and in 1918 was elected Mayor. This was an indication of the respect and affection with which he was regarded by the people of the East End of London.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1937