Joseph Flavelle

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Sir Joseph Flavelle, Bt
Joseph Wesley Flavelle.jpg
Sir Joseph Flavelle, Bt, ca. 1918
Born (1858-02-15)February 15, 1858
Peterborough, Canada West
Died March 7, 1939(1939-03-07) (aged 81)
Palm Beach, Florida

Sir Joseph Wesley Flavelle, 1st Baronet (February 15, 1858 – March 7, 1939) was a Canadian businessman.

Born in Peterborough, Canada West, he married Clara Ellsworth in 1882. By the 1890s[1] Flavelle made his fortune in the meatpacking business as president of William Davies Company, which was the British Empire's largest pork packing firm. He subsequently became prominent in finance and commerce as chairman of the Bank of Commerce, National Trust and Simpson's department stores. He was Chairman of the Imperial Munitions Board during World War I and it was for reorganizing the industry that he was awarded his baronetcy in 1917. His was the last hereditary title to be granted to a Canadian resident due to the passage of the Nickle Resolution in 1919.

Upon his death in 1939, he left his Queen's Park mansion to the University of Toronto, where it now forms part of the Faculty of Law.


  1. ^ Klassen, Henry Cornelius (1977). The Canadian West : social change and economic development. Calgary: University of Calgary Press. p. 182. 


  • Michael Bliss (1992). A Canadian Millionaire: The Life and Business Times of Sir Joseph Flavelle, Bart., 1858-1939. University of Toronto Press. 

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Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
(of Toronto)
Succeeded by
Joseph Ellsworth Flavelle