Cette maison de la terrasse Malden, sise au 2212 et 2214 de la rue St-Antoine Ouest à Montréal, a servi de résidence à la fin du 19ème siècle à l’homme d’affaires et politicien Michael Patrick Ryan.
Michael Patrick Ryan est né le 29 septembre 1825 à Palis, Donohill, Comté de Tipperary, en Irlande. Sa famille a émigré au Québec en 1840 et s’est installée à Chambly.
Il s’est lancé en affaires à Montréal en 1849 et est devenu un important négociant de beurre, fromage et autres denrées alimentaires. Les ventes de son entreprise se sont élevées certaines années à 1 000 000$, une somme colossale pour l’époque.
Il a siégé au cours de sa carrière sur plusieurs conseils d’administrations, dont celui du Montreal Board of Trade. Il a également été directeur de la Montreal, Ottawa and Occidental Railway.
Actif en politique, il a été élu échevin de la Ville de Montréal en 1842. Suite à l’assassinat de Thomas Darcy McGee, il a été élu par acclamation député de Montréal-Centre en 1868 et réélu en 1872, 1974 et 1878.
Il a épousé en 1850 Margaret Brennan, fille aînée du marchand Patrick Brennan. Ils ont eu un seul enfant, un fils qu’ils perdront en bas âge.
Il est décédé à Montréal le 18 janvier 1893. Il avait 67 ans.
Michael P. Ryan, M. P., Montreal
«Michael Patrick Ryan, member of the House of Commons for Montreal Centre, and for years one of the leading business men of this city, was the third son of William and Mary Ryan and was born on the 29th of September, 1825, at Pallis, Donohill, county of Tipperary, Ireland. He received a grammar school education, and in 1840, came to this country with the family, who settled on a farm near Chambly. Mr Ryan kept the Franklin House, Montreal, from 1849 to 1855, and the next year, went into the provision business, being for years, we understand, the most extensive dealer in butter, cheese, and other farm products in Montreal. His transactions in some years amounted to $1,000,000. At length, having with thousands of other prominent business men, met with severe losses, in 1875, Mr. Ryan retired, and since then has done little more than look after his own matters and attend to official business as license commissioner.
He was elected as alderman in 1842, and in that capacity sat for years in the Corporation of Montreal; he was at one period a member of the Council of the Montreal Board of Trade; was elected three times to the presidency of the Commercial Exchange Association, and years ago was connected with the militia, and held the rank of captain. He was at one time a director of the Montreal, Ottawa and Occidental Railway, and in many ways has shown a commendable spirit of enterprise, and aided in pushing forward public improvements.
Mr Ryan was first elected to Parliament by acclamation for Montreal West, in April 1868, on the death, at the hand of an assassin, of Hon. Thomas Darcy McGee, and was re-elected for the same division, in the same manner, 1872. At the general election in 1874, he contested Montreal Centre, and, as we learn from the «Parliamentary Companion», «defeated his opponent, Bernard Devlin, by 383 votes; was unseated and contested the seat again with the same opponent, and was defeated by seventy-three votes, and in 1878, was again elected for Montreal Centre over Mr. Devlin, by a majority of 802 votes.»
Mr Ryan is a man of strong political convictions, and has been a steadfast Liberal Conservative from the time that Messrs. Baldwin and Lafontaine were great political leaders. He strongly advocates the principles of protection, because he believes that the industries of the country are in that way the most thoroughly fostered.
The wife of Mr Ryan was Margaret Brennan, eldest daughter of Patrick Brennan, deceased, many years a merchant in Montreal. They were married in 1850, and have had one child, a son, whom they lost when quite young.»
The Canadian Biographical Dictionary, 1881. p. 301-302
- Parlement du Canada. Fiche consacrée à Michael Patrick Ryan. Page consultée le 13 mars 2011. Adresse URL.
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- J. Douglas Borthwick. Montreal, its history : to which is added biographical sketches, with photographs, of many of its principal citizens. Éditions Drysdale, Montréal. 1875. Adresse URL.
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