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[A portrait of William James Stairs, executed while he was president of the Union Bank of Halifax, was donated by his son Edward to the government of Nova Scotia in 1910; its present location is unknown.

[A portrait of William James Stairs, executed while he was president of the Union Bank of Halifax, was donated by his son Edward to the government of Nova Scotia in 1910; its present location is unknown.

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William Stairs - Dictionary of Canadian Biography

William Grant Stairs (July 1, 1863 – June 9,1892) was a - ,, and adventurer whohad a leading role in two of the most controversial expeditions inthe history of the colonisation of Africa

W. M. Stairs died in 1865, leaving his eldest son as sole executor and principal beneficiary of his $248,000 estate. Stairs replaced his father on the board of directors of the Union Bank of Halifax and began to turn away from exclusive concentration on merchandising towards manufacturing and finance. The Dartmouth Rope Works, a subsidiary of the family firm, started operations in 1869, and was placed under the management of his 21-year-old son . Within a decade it had become the largest rope factory in Canada, and in 1890 it was the country’s largest manufacturer of binder twine. William Stairs, Son and Morrow was among the original shareholders in the Nova Scotia Steel Company of New Glasgow, incorporated in 1882. Subsequently W. J. Stairs exploited his position as president of the Union Bank from 1883 to 1898 to encourage investment in local industry. In 1900 William Stairs, Son and Morrow was incorporated by statute as a limited liability company with a capital stock of $500,000. The board of directors consisted of Stairs, his sons John Fitzwilliam, James Wiseman, and Edward, and Robert Morrow’s son Geoffrey. Stairs was also a director of the United Fire Insurance Company of London, England, and the Halifax Gas Light Company, and vice-president of the Starr Manufacturing Company of Dartmouth, famous worldwide for its skates.