I-63545.1 | Sir Hugh Allan, Montreal, QC, 1871
Sir Hugh Allan, Montreal, QC, 1871
William Notman (1826-1891)
1871, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17.8 x 12.7 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
In 1826 Hugh Allan left Scotland for Montreal, where he found work as a clerk. He was rapidly promoted and eventually made a fortune in shipping. Regarding the railway as a competitor to his ships, he decided to invest in this new technology. By 1870 he was one of Canada's leading financiers and the ideal candidate to underwrite the construction of a railway to the Pacific. However, the Liberal M.P. Lucius Seth Huntington accused Allan publicly of having bought this privilege by contributing to the coffers of MacDonald's Conservative Party and, which was worse, using monies provided in part by Americans. The ensuing scandal put an end to Allan's hope of being involved in the lucrative contract for building the railway to the West.