William Southam

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
William Southam
William Southam.jpg
William Southam in Canadian men of affairs in cartoon (1922)
Born (1843-08-23)August 23, 1843
Montreal, Canada East
Died February 27, 1932(1932-02-27) (aged 88)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Occupation newspaper publisher

William Southam (August 23, 1843 – February 27, 1932) was a Canadian newspaper publisher.[1]

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he began his newspaper career working for the London Free Press. The first newspaper he bought was the Hamilton Spectator. He would own the Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Windsor Star and Montreal Gazette.

Robert Smiley, the founding publisher of The Hamilton Spectator, sold the newspaper to William Southam in 1877 as the first link in the Southam newspaper chain.[2]

Southam had six sons: Wilson Mills Southam, Frederick Neil Southam, Richard Southam, Harry Stevenson Southam, William James Southam, and Gordon Hamilton Southam (1886–1916); and one daughter, Ethel May Southam Balfour.

His youngest son, Gordon, was a graduate of Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. He served as a major in the Canadian Field Artillery, 8th Brigade, in the first World War. He was killed in the Battle of the Somme, France, October 15, 1916 and is buried in Albert, France.[3][4]


The Southam neighbourhood on the Hamilton, Ontario Mountain was named after him. It is bounded by the Niagara Escarpment (north), Fennell Avenue East (south), West 5th Street (west) and Upper James Street (east). Landmarks in this neighbourhood include Southam Park, and Auchmar.

William married Wilson McNeilage Mills

Southam family memorial, Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario.
Plaques affixed to base of the Southam family memorial.
Caen stone reredos installed in 1932 in Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton, Ontario, as a memorial to the Southam family. Carved by J. Whippel & Company of England.


  1. ^ Bailey, Thomas Melville (1992). Dictionary of Hamilton Biography (Vol III, 1925-1939). W.L. Griffin Ltd. 
  2. ^ "The Hamilton Memory Project;" (Press release). The Hamilton Spectator- Souvenir Edition page. June 10, 2006. 
  3. ^ Military Attestation for Major Gordon H. Southam
  4. ^ Virtual Memorial record for Major Gordon H. Southam

External links[edit]