Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
September 2007

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Charles B. Gordon

President of the Dominion Textile Company,

director in Bank of Montreal. Montreal, Canada.

THE career of Charles B. Gordon, president of Dominion Textile Company, director in Bank of Montreal and interested in many other large industrial corporations in Canada now in successful operation and employing thousands of hands, is one crowded with important events and practical achievement of that object towards which he has bent his unusual ability and energy. He is a native of Montreal, born November 22nd, 1868, and a resident thereof ever since. His father, the late John Gordon was a prominent merchant and citizen of Montreal, his mother - Jane (Roy) Gordon, both of Scotch ancestry. He was educated at the high school of Montreal and as a young man he secured employment in the warehouse of the wholesale dry goods house of McIntyre Son & Company, Montreal. Here he obtained his primary knowledge of the business which he has followed in its varied branches all his life as clerk, merchant, manufacturer and organizer and nothing has been too large for him to attempt. During the five years he was with McIntyre Son & Company he learned the dry goods business well, from the selling end and then decided to go into the manufacturing, shortly afterwards organizing The Standard Shirt Company of Montreal, successfully conducting it to the time he retired therefrom in 1904, when in association with other capitalists he organized the Dominion Textile Company of Montreal, which is now one of the largest cotton manufacturing concerns in North America., operating on full time seventeen mills throughout Canada. Aside from his duties as president of the Dominion Textile Company, he is president of the Hillcrest Collieries, vice-president of Penmans Limited, vice-president of C. Meredith & Co. Limited, Montreal, director in the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Trust Company, the Dominion Bridge Company, vice-president the Montreal Cotton Co., director the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. and many other corporations. Mr. Gordon is also interested in philanthropic and educational work and is a governor of McGill University. He is a member of the Mount Royal Club, the Montreal Hunt Club and the Senneville Golf Club of Montreal. Mr. Gordon was married in 1897, to Miss Edith Brooks of Seaforth, Ont., they are the parents of three children, George Blair Gordon, Charles Howard Gordon, and John Gordon. Residence Montreal.

Source: Canadian History Makers. A Volume Containing Accurate and Concise Sketches of Men who have Done Things in The Dominion of Canada Past and Present Together with Photogravures Made from their Latest Photographs, Montreal, Canadian Publication Society, 1913, 159p., p. 37.

© 2007 Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College