Thomas Shaughnessy, 1st Baron Shaughnessy
|Thomas George Shaughnessy|
Thomas George Shaughnessy circa 1910
October 6, 1853|
|Died||December 10, 1923
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Bridget Nagle|
Thomas George Shaughnessy, 1st Baron Shaughnessy, KCVO (6 October 1853 – 10 December 1923) was an American-born Canadian railway administrator who rose from modest beginnings as a clerk and bookkeeper for the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad (a predecessor of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad) to become the president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, serving in that capacity from 1899 to 1918. In recognition of his stewardship of the CPR and its contributions to the war effort during the Great War, Shaughnessy was elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom on 1 January 1916 as Baron Shaughnessy, of the City of Montreal in the Dominion of Canada and of Ashford in the County of Limerick.
Shaughnessy was born October 6, 1853, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the son of Irish Catholics, Lieutenant Tom Shaughnessy (1818-1903), "one of the shrewdest detectives and patrolmen" in the early Milwaukee Police Department, and his wife Mary Kennedy (1826-1905). His father was born at Ashford, in Killeedy, Co. Limerick, and like his wife they came to the United States during the Irish Potato Famine, about 1840.
Shaughnessy House, his home in Montreal's Golden Square Mile, was designed by Montreal architect William Thomas (architect) in 1876. Though reduced from its original size, it was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1974 and is now part of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The surrounding district is named Shaughnessy Village. Vancouver's prestigious neighbourhood of Shaughnessy is also named after him.
He married Elizabeth Bridget Nagle in 1880. The Shaughnessys had two sons (William James Shaughnessy served as captain and adjutant of the Duchess of Connaught’s Irish-Canadian Rangers, second Baron of Shaughnessy; and Alfred Thomas Shaughnessy, killed in action in 1916 while serving as a captain in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in France ) and three daughters, including Marguerite Kathleen Shaughnessy for whom the CPR coastal liner SS Princess Marguerite was named. He was the grandfather of the writer and producer Alfred Shaughnessy, best known for serving as the script editor of Upstairs, Downstairs. He is also the great grandfather of actor Charles Shaughnessy (Days of our Lives, The Nanny), who is the fifth and current holder of the title Baron Shaughnessy.
Titles and Honours
- Knight Bachelor - October 1901 - during the visit to Canada of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary)
- Order of the Sacred Treasure of the 2nd class Japan, 1907
- KCVO: Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order - 1907
- Knight of Grace, Order of St. John, 1910
- Baron Shaughnessy, 1916
- "L'Association du Village Shaughnessy Village Association". Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- Georges Vanier: Soldier: The Wartime Letters and Diaries, 1915-1919. Retrieved 26 January 2014
- Historylink Princess Marguerite I, II, and III - Three Historic Vessels Essay 7478. Retrieved 2013-01-10
- The London Gazette: . 1 November 1901.
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