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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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.
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