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Richard B. Angus, Montreal, QC, 1874
William Notman (1826-1891)
1874, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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Keys to History:
Richard B. Angus, one of the founding members of the CPR syndicate, was born in Bathgate, Scotland, in 1831 and came to Canada in 1857. Like George Stephen, he was a power in the Bank of Montreal, serving as general manager from 1869 to 1879 and as chairman from 1910 to 1913. With Smith and Stephen, he invested in the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway before joining the CPR syndicate in 1880. Angus played an active role in CPR affairs and remained on the board of directors until his death in 1922. At the turn of the 20th century, when new shops for rolling stock were built in Montreal, they were named after him.
Richard B. Angus, though not a public figure like Lords Strathcona and Mount Stephen, was still a powerful man of business in late-Victorian Canada.
As a fervent promoter of the transcontinental railway and the bank, Angus did not hesitate to suggest routes for the CPR, noting strategic points where the Bank of Montreal could open new branches.
When they opened in 1902, the Angus Shops were the main industrial complex for maintenance of CPR trains and engines.
Richard B. Angus was a generous philanthropist; among the worthwhile causes he sponsored were the Art Association of Montreal, McGill University, the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Charity Organization Society.