Fonds F01824 - George William McLaughlin fonds

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George William McLaughlin fonds

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CA ON00239 F01824

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  • 1831-1978 (Creation)
    McLaughlin, George William

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1.28 m of textual records, 6 photographs

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George William McLaughlin was in 1869, at Enniskillen, Ontario. His father, Robert McLaughlin, was the founder of The McLaughlin Carriage Company and at the age of sixteen George, along with his brother R. Samuel was apprenticed, as a trimmer in his father's carriage business. Seven years later, in 1892, he and his brother were brought into the Company, by their father, as partners. In 1907 George and his brother, along with George Hezzelwood, formed the McLaughlin Motor Car Company Limited, with Sam as President, George W. as Treasurer, and George H. as Secretary. It was at this time too, that the two brothers entered into a fifteen year agreement with Will Durant, better known as General Motors, to buy Buick engines and other parts from the Detroit-based Buick Motor Company. In 1915, they sold the McLaughlin Carriage Company to Jim Tudhope of Orillia, Ontario, and shortly thereafter they formed the Chevrolet Car Company of Canada. The same names appeared as the chief officers, although in a slightly different order: George W. was President, Sam was Treasurer, and George H. was Secretary. The first Chevrolet rolled off the line in December 1915. In 1918 the decision was made to merge the McLaughlin Motor Car and Chevrolet Car Companies. These in turn would then be merged into Will Durant's conglomerate, with the Canadian arm to be called General Motors of Canada Limited with Sam as President and George Vice-President, a position he held until his retirement from GM in 1924. George William McLaughlin died, 10 October 1942, in Toronto.

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The George William McLaughlin fonds was donated to Queen's University Archives by his grandson in the autumn of 1993. The papers contained within this fonds had been stored for many years in the vault of a family house, located in Oshawa.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, legal and financial records, catalogues, and subject files dealing in some detail with the history of the automotive industry in Ontario and Canada, especially as it pertains to the formation of General Motors of Canada Limited and its antecedents, including The McLaughlin Carriage Company Limited and the McLaughlin Motor Car Company. In addition, many aspects of G.W. McLaughlin's life --and to some extent that of his family as well-- is documented through correspondence, legal and financial records, subject files, and photographs from the time of his entering into partnership with his brother R. Samuel McLaughlin, to the period following his retirement from the automotive business.

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Donated by Mr. Richard McLaughlin - 1993


Except for one series -- "Correspondence series" -- which had been maintained in its original order by George W. McLaughlin, the material had no discernible arrangement. Consequently, the remaining series were arranged and described by the archivist.

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McLaughlin Carriage Works fonds

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No further accruals are expected

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