An Encyclopaedia of Canadian Biography, Vol. 1

An Encyclopaedia of Canadian Biography, Vol. 1 : Containing Brief Sketches and Steel Engravings of Canada's Prominent Men (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from An Encyclopaedia of Canadian Biography, Vol. 1: Containing Brief Sketches and Steel Engravings of Canada's Prominent Men Sir Thomas G. Shaughnessy, president of the Cana dian Pacific Railway, has an enviable reputation as a railway man, which is not confined to Canada, but extends over the length and breadth of America. His native place was where he was born of Irish parents, October 6, 1853. Born with out influence, he has to thank his own energy and perseverance for his advancement. His parents gave him a good common school education, and he started in life in a subordinate position in the purchasing department of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, July, 1869. His seriousness and general capacity did not long await recognition, and he gained steady promotion in the. Purchasing department of the road, until January, 1873, when he was appointed to the responsible position of general store keeper of that great system. In this position his sound judgment and great capacity for work attracted the attention of Mr. W. C. Van Horne, now Sir \vm. C. Van Horne, and when that gentleman assumed the herculean task of the organization and management of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1882, and he cast about for reliable and capable lieutenants, he picked upon Mr. Shaughnessy as one of them, and brought him to Montreal as general purchasing agent of the then new trans-continental road. Mr. Shaughnessy soon showed himself a power on the staflc of the big com pany, and within two years after he assumed ofiice in the service, he was appointed assistant to the general. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23mm | 581g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 024313715X
  • 9780243137152