About John Molson


Born in Lincolnshire, England in 1763, John Molson was the eldest son of a farmer. At age eighteen, due to an illness requiring sea air, he embarked on an ocean voyage to the New World.

At a time when Montrealers drank wine, he founded and developed a thriving brewing business on the banks of the St. Lawrence. He founded one of the first commercial steamship enterprises and the first railway, developed one of Canada's first banking businesses, and built Montreal's first luxury hotel.

He built the city's first theatre, helped found the Montreal General Hospital, and sat on the Lower Canada Legislative Assembly.

Succeeding generations of Molsons have followed in his path, making the Molson name a national landmark: Molson's Bank, Molson Stadium, Molson Library, Molson Breweries, Molson Centre, and, most recently, John Molson School of Business.

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