I-4160 | Hon. John Young, Montreal, QC, 1862

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Hon. John Young, Montreal, QC, 1862
William Notman (1826-1891)
1862, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
12 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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A prominent figure in the Montreal business world, John Young (1811-1878) supported various projects throughout his long career, such as the construction of railway lines and navigation routes. In addition to making his mark as a businessman and entrepreneur, he was also a political figure in his capacity as the commissioner of public works.

Starting in 1846, Young lent his support to a project to build a bridge joining Montreal with the south shore, along with a rail line that would guarantee year-round access to the port of Portland, Maine. His entry into politics in 1851 enabled him to follow through with his dream. The construction of the Victoria Bridge began two years later in Montreal.