Horatio Gates: An American in Montreal during the War of 1812

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Horatio Gates: An American in Montreal during the War of 1812
Abstract
The American-born Horatio Gates (1777-1834) opened an office of his company, Bellows, Gates and Company, in Montreal in 1807, transporting farm and other products to Canada. When the War of 1812 broke out, Gates entered into the lucrative business of supplying the British military in Lower and Upper Canada with much needed provisions, clandestinely imported from the United States. After the war, Gates went on to be involved with numerous Montreal-based businesses. He was a founding director of the Bank of Montreal in 1817 and served as its President in 1826 and from 1832 to 1834. He was a part-owner with John Molson and others in the Ottawa Steamship Company, and involved in the Canada Inland Assurance Company. Gates was also the founding president of the British and Canadian School Society, a free or low-cost school for French- and English-speaking children in Montreal, and a founding vice-president of the Montreal Mechanic's Institute, the first effort in Canada to provide basic and technical education to apprentices and young immigrants.
Publication
Quebec Heritage News
Volume
Vol. 7
Issue
no. 1
Pages
24-25
Date
Winter 2013
Language
en
Citation
McGuire, Susan. “Horatio Gates: An American in Montreal during the War of 1812.” Quebec Heritage News Vol. 7, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 24–25.
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