J.W. McConnell: Financier, Philanthropist, Patriot

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Oct 24, 2008 - Business & Economics - 752 pages
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J.W. McConnell (1877-1963), born to a poor farming family in Ontario, became one of the wealthiest and most powerful businessmen of his generation - in Canada and internationally. Early in his career McConnell established the Montreal office of the Standard Chemical Company and began selling bonds and shares in both North America and Europe, establishing relationships that would lead to his enormous financial success. He was involved in numerous businesses, from tramways to ladies' fashion to mining, and served on the boards of several corporations. For nearly fifty years he was president of St Laurence Sugar and late in life he became the owner and publisher of the Montreal Star. McConnell was an indefatigable and formidable fundraiser for the YMCA, the war effort of 1914/18, hospitals, and McGill University, where he served as governor for almost three decades. In 1937 he established what would become The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the first major foundation in Canada and still one of the best endowed. J.W. McConnell was a principled and brilliant visionary with a strong work ethic and a deep commitment to the public good, a Rockefellerian figure in both big business and high society who quietly became one of the greatest philanthropists of his time. His life story - told in uncompromising detail by William Fong - is a study of raising, spending, and giving away money on the grandest scale.

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Preface and Acknowledgments
Blood Religion Sentiment and Community 187791
Toronto and the Making of a Man 189299
CHAPTER THREESelling Wood Products and Settling Down 18991907
CHAPTER FOURPartner Promoter and Believer 190714
St Lawrence Sugar and Regulation 191263
Fundraising for the YMCA in Peace and for Canada in the Great War 190919
CHAPTER SEVENDeveloping and Financing Tramways and Electricity 18901925
From Charity to Social Welfare and from Fundraising to Philanthropy 192245
The Second World War 193945
CHAPTER FIFTEENThe Dilemma of Conservative Politics 191163
The Montreal Daily Star and Other Newspapers 192553
Building McGill University for the Future 192063
The Making of the McConnell Foundation 192863
CHAPTER NINETEENKeep Right on to the End of the Road 194563
An Overview 192151

CHAPTER EIGHTThe Rise and Fall of Holding Companies for Power and Paper 192539
CHAPTER NINEAlmost a Jack of All Trades 191139
McConnells Investments 192139
Social Life in Montreal 190163
CHAPTER TWELVEFor King and Empire 192739
APPENDIX TWOA Glimpse of the Interconnectedness of McConnells Circle

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William Fong is the author of Sir William C. Macdonald: A Biography.

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