Samuel Gerrard

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Samuel Gerrard
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2nd President of the Bank of Montreal
In office
1820–1826
Preceded byJohn Gray
Succeeded byHoratio Gates
Member of the Special Council of Lower Canada
In office
1838–1841
Personal details
Born1767 (1767)
Gibbstown House, Co. Meath
DiedMarch 24, 1857(1857-03-24) (aged 89–90)
Montreal, Canada East

Samuel Gerrard (1767 – March 24, 1857) was a Canadian fur trader, businessman, militia officer, justice of the peace, politician, and seigneur. He was the second president of the Bank of Montreal. From 1838 to 1841, he was a member of the Special Council of Lower Canada. In 1841, he acquired the seigneuries of Lanaudière and Carufel.

Gerrard was born in Ireland at Gibbstown House, County Meath. The Gerrards were a prosperous Anglo-Irish family who had held Gibbstown, an estate of some 1,270 acres, since the mid 17th century, and previous to that were seated at nearby Clongill Castle.[1][2][3] Samuel was probably a grandson of the Samuel Gerrard of Gibbstown who was a friend of Jonathan Swift and visited London and Bath in 1740.[4] Samuel was probably a younger brother of the John Gerrard (d.1838) who was High Sheriff of Meath in 1818. By 1785, at the age of eighteen, Samuel Gerrard was established at Montreal as a merchant concerned with the fur trade from Timiskaming. In 1791, he went into partnership with his future brother-in-law, William Grant, and Étienne-Charles Campion. Gerrard acted as the firm's accountant, receiving a quarter of the profits.[5]

Legacy[edit]

Gerrard Street in Toronto is named in his honour.

External links[edit]

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  • "Samuel Gerrard". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.

References[edit]

Business positions
Preceded by
John Gray
President of the Bank of Montreal
1820-1826
Succeeded by
Horatio Gates