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ISBN: 9781550288032-02

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The Patriarch

From: Merchant Princes


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, William’s political dealings, the railway policy crisis, the establishment of the family firm, the birth of their bank,



James D. Frost

JAMES D. FROST, a specialist in marine transportation, works as a researcher and a consultant. Educated at McGill University, Queens University and Saint Mary's University he is an acknowledged authority on the business and economic history of the Maritime provinces. He is a Research Associate at Gorsebrook Research Institute. He lives in Halifax.'