Hon. John Fitzwilliam STAIRS

Male 1848 - 1904


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  • Name  Hon. John Fitzwilliam STAIRS 
    Prefix  Hon. 
    Born  19 Jan 1848  Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  26 Sep 1904  Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3870  Ward Tree
    Last Modified  1 Jan 2016 

    Father  William James STAIRS,   b. 24 Sep 1819, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1906, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Susannah Duffus MORROW,   b. 17 Oct 1822, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1906, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Jun 1845  Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On Monday evening 16th inst., by the Rev. Charles Dewolfe, Mr. William J. Stairs to Susan, eldest daughter of John Morrow, Esq.
      Acadian Recorder, 21 June 1845
    Family ID  F1323  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Charlotte Jane FOGO,   b. 21 Oct 1847, Pictou, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1886, Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  27 Apr 1870 
    Family ID  F1375  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Nellie GAHERTY,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  14 Aug 1895 
    Family ID  F1810  Group Sheet

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    • Born (Jan 19,1848- Sept.,26, 1904 ) was an entrepreneur and statesman, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, a member of the prominent Stairs family of merchants and shippers founded by William Machin Stairs (1789- 1865) that included the Victorian era explorer William Grant Stairs. Known as 'JOHN F' he studied at Dalhousie University and then entered the management of the family's vast business empire. He was elected to the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly in 1879, resigning in 1882 to successfully run for election to the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa where he served as a Conservative Party memebr until 1896 .

      Stairs was president of many companies including Nova Scotia Steel , Eastern Trust, Trinidad Electric (B.W.I) and Royal Securities Corporation . He served as director of the Dart/ Halifax Steamboat Co., Nova Scotia Sugar Refining , the Unoin Bank of Halifax . Consumer Cordage , and during his life time , came to dominate the financial elite of the Maritime provinces.

      Was also a director of the Halifax and Dartmouth Steam Ferry Co. (his brother George married the daughter of George A. McKenzie who was the manager of the ferry company from the 1860s to at least 1883.