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 John Molson, Jr

John Molson, Jr

Birth
Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Death 12 Jul 1860 (aged 72)
Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Burial Outremont, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Memorial ID 15420922 · View Source
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Politician and entrepreneur. Director of Molson's Bank; President of the St. Lawrence Railway (Canada's first railway); President of Montreal General Hospital.

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John Molson (1787-1860) was the son of John Molson (1763-1836) & Sarah Vaughn (1751-1829). In 1816 he was wed to his first cousin, Mary Anne Molson (1791-1862), daughter of Thomas Molson (1768-1803) & Anne Atkinson (1765-1813). John & Mary Ann had five sons and a daughter.

Though he was apprenticed to the brewing trade and became a partner in the family brewery in 1816, Molson was primarily a financier. The family monopoly of river transport enabled him, as owner of the Swiftsure, to engage in profitable banking operations during the War of 1812-14, buying bills of exchange at heavy discount in Montreal and disposing of them at a profit in Quebec. He became a director of the Bank of Montreal shortly after its foundation and was vice-president of Molson's Bank from its incorporation in 1855. He was a promoter of the Champlain and St. Lawrence Railroad, Canada's first railway, and became its president in 1837. His other interests included the first Montreal water works and gas company, fire insurance and various industrial enterprises. He succeeded his father as a life governor, vice-president and president of the Montreal General Hospital. As chairman of the Constitutional Association he fought on the government side in the Rebellion of 1837 and was wounded; he was given the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel of the militia. In 1838-41 he was a member of the Special Council of Lower Canada.


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  • Created by: Achisha
  • Added: 19 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15420922
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Molson, Jr (14 Oct 1787–12 Jul 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15420922, citing Cimetière Mont-Royal, Outremont, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada ; Maintained by Achisha (contributor 46858821) .