George Stephen Mount Stephen, 1st Baron

Mount Stephen, George Stephen, 1st Baron, 1829–1921, Canadian financier and railroad builder, b. Scotland. He emigrated to Canada in 1850, became a manufacturer, and was (1876–81) president of the Bank of Montreal. With his cousin, Lord Strathcona, and others, including James J. Hill, he helped to construct the Canadian Pacific Railway, lending to the project his considerable skill in finance. From 1881 to 1888 he was president of the railroad. His philanthropies were numerous. He was created baron in 1891.

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