|Born||Hart Almerrin Massey
April 29, 1823
Haldimand Township, Upper Canada
|Died||February 20, 1896
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Resting place||Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario|
|Spouse(s)||Eliza Ann Phelps|
|Children||Lillian Frances Treble, four sons|
Life and career
Massey was born in Haldimand Township (now Alnwick/Haldimand, Ontario) in what was then known as Upper Canada. His parents were Daniel Massey and Lucina Bradley. The doorstep of the original Massey homestead can still be found behind the current farmhouse on the farm, which remains in the Massey family.
He was an industrialist who built the agricultural equipment firm that became Massey Ferguson, now part of AGCO. The Massey Manufacturing Co. had been founded by his father, Daniel Massey. Hart Massey became the sole owner in 1855 and moved it from rural Newcastle to the city of Toronto.
Marriage and children
On June 10, 1847, he married Eliza Ann Phelps. They had a daughter and five sons, one of whom died in infancy.
Their four surviving sons were Charles Albert (1848–1884), Chester Daniel (1850–1926), Walter Edward Hart Massey (1864–1901; he used to own the land which Crescent Town now resides on) and Frederick Victor (1867–1890), who collectively carried on the family business as well as its multiple cultural and charitable interests.
Massey's daughter, Lillian Frances Treble (1854–1915), was a philanthropist and educator. Members of the next generation included his grandsons Vincent Massey, who became Governor General of Canada, and actor Raymond Massey.
Death and legacy
He died in Toronto in 1896 and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Charitable gifts in his will led to the creation of the Massey Foundation, whose first major project was the completion of a student centre for the University of Toronto, which was given the name of Hart House.
- "Hart Massey". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.