“James McConnell: Cape Breton Businessman, Politician, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian, 1873-1957”
The beginning of the twentieth century saw a substantial increase in the population of the town of Sydney, Nova Scotia due in large part to the opening of a new Steel Mill in 1899. This boom fostered a new entrepreneurial climate in the community. One individual who saw opportunities for advancement in Sydney was James McConnell. A native of Port Hilford, Nova Scotia born in 1873 to a sea captain father and Scottish mother McConnell's Baptist upbringing had instilled in him a positive work ethic which he brought with him when he came to Sydney at the turn of the twentieth century. This upbringing prepared him for the opportunities in business, politics, entrepreneurship and humanitarianism he used to positively build and develop his adopted community for over half a century.
The lecture will be delivered by Donnie Ward as part of an ongoing monthly series by the Old Sydney Society.