Sir Joseph Wesley Flavelle

(1858—1939) businessman and philanthropist in Canada

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(1858–1939), businessman. Of Irish-Protestant descent, Flavelle quit school at age 14 in Peterborough, Ontario, to learn the provision business. He specialized in hard work, rigid accounting, and earnest Methodism. In the 1890s as manager of Toronto's William Davies Company, he created Canada's first modern meat-packing enterprise and became a millionaire on profits from the firm's sales of bacon in the British market. Davies's operations apparently gave Toronto its nickname, Hogtown.


From The Oxford Companion to Canadian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: History of the Americas.

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