CA OTUTF MS COLL 00170
John Frothingham Papers
- 1810-1870 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
1 box (12 diaries)
Name of creator
John Frothingham was born in Portland, Maine, and came to Canada in 1809 to open a hardware store for Samuel May, who had a similar store in Boston where Frothingham worked. In 1831, he was one of the founders and a main shareholder of the City Bank of Montreal, which broke the monopoly of the Bank of Montreal in the city. He became president of the bank, a position he held from 1834 until his retirement in 1849. Frothingham's other business interests and activities included the Montreal Board of Trade, St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad, Montreal Stock Exchange and Canada Inland Steam Navigation Company.
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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Mark H. Larratt-Smith, February 1990.
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Scope and content
This collection consists largely of diaries by Frothingham that contain notes about various business activities, the weather, the garden, arrival and departure of ships and family news. Political events are also occasionally mentioned in the diaries.
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Conditions governing access
Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request
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