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Merchant Princes

Halifax's First Family of Finance, Ships and Steel

This book tells the story of an extraordinary family of merchants and entrepreneurs. It begins in 1810, when William Stairs opened a small general store on the Halifax waterfront. Over the next … 376 View
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The Stairs Family: An Overview; Foreword by Peter G.White; Introduction: A Nova Scotia Dynasty

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Provides an overview of the Stairs family and its history, the preface notes an oddity and missing information from their research which has revealed a mysterious aspect to the Stairs family, the … 18 $1.80 Add
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Beginnings

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1730-1797. Looks at the marriage between Hannah Roe and John Steers (not Denis Stairs as was previously thought) their time in Grenada, examines Hannah’s two other marriages after … 24 $2.40 Add
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The Patriarch

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1797-1865. Focuses on the life of William Stairs known as the patriarch of the Stairs family. The chapter looks at the fortune to be made in shipping, the struggles the family had, … 33 $3.30 Add
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A Merchant’s Needs

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1819-1867.Traces the impact of William James (WJ) Stairs and examines his interest in politics, the expansion of the family firm, his dealings with the Confederacy during the US Civil War, … 35 $3.50 Add
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Down to Business in the “New” Canada

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1867-1906. Examines how the family adapted to the new canada after confederation. The ropemaking business, the final days of wood, wind and sail, their shipping agency busines, looks at the union … 36 $3.60 Add
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National Policy Tory

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1848-1887 . Examines the life of John Fitzwilliam Stairs and his entry into politics as a Tory and how he was involved in the creation of national policy. Looks at sugar refining and steel making … 34 $3.40 Add
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Promoter and Politician

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1887-1897 . John F Stairs story continues into his his work as a promoter of the company, his foray back to politics, and some financial innovation 41 $4.10 Add
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The Financier

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1897-1901. Examines some of John F Stair’s work as a financier with focus paid to manufacturing, industrial endeavors, and shipbuilding 26 $2.60 Add
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Stairs and Beaverbrook

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1902-1910 . Looks at the partnership between John F. Stairs and William Maxwell Aitken (the future Lord Beaverbrook). The establishment of the Royal Securities Corporation, John F’s … 49 $4.90 Add
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The Youngbloods

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1910-1950. Examines the younger generations of the Stairs family and traces the family firm which was now an enterprise from prosperity to a selling off period 42 $4.20 Add
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Dénouement

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Traces the last years of the family companies to the eventual sale in 1973 after Arthur Stair’s death with no one ready to take over the family businesses 24 $2.40 Add
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Epilogue

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Gives a brief look at what happened to the family firms after the sale 8 $0.80 Add