THORNTON DAVIDSON
1880-1912

From: "Montreal, Pictorial and Biographical"
Pub. by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal, 1914


Foremost among the younger generation of business men in Montreal and one who had attained a high standing in the financial circles of the city, was Thornton Davidson, whose untimely death in the sinking of the steamship Titanic, April 15, 1912, ended a career that had not only been successful, but gave great promise for the future.

Thornton Davidson was a native of  Montreal, and was born on the 17th of May, 1880.  His father was the Hon. C. Peers Davidson, D.C.L., a distinguished jurist, and his mother Alice Mattice, second daughter of  William Mattice of Cornwall, Ontario.  Reared in Montreal, Thornton Davidson attended the city schools, graduating from high school.  Throughout his active business career he was connected with financial interests, later becoming manager of the Montreal branch of the New York house of Charles Head & Company.

In 1908 he established the firm of  Thornton Davidson & Company which soon took a prominent position among the leading brokerage and investment security houses in the city.  In 1909 Mr. Davidson became a member of the Montreal Stock Exchange.  His thorough capability and great energy were factors in the success of the business which he established and of which he remained the head until his death.  His personal popularity made him a valued member of  the club life of  the city, where he held membership in the St. James Club, Racquet Club,   Montreal Hunt Club,   Montreal Jockey Club, Montreal Polo Club, Royal St. Lawrence Yacht ClubManitou Club and Canada Club, and also in Montreal Amateur Athletic Association.

On November 3, 1906, in Montreal, Mr. Davidson was married to  Miss Orian Hays, daughter of  Charles Melville Hays.  Returning from Europe in company with his wife and the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hays, on the ill-fated Titanic, Mr. Davidson was among those brave men who on April 15, 1912, gave precedence to women and children and sent down with the ship.  Such an act is just what his friends would have expected of  Thornton Davidson in such an emergency.   His associates knew him as a capable business man and a most genial companion, but they recognized in him also the strength of character which manifests itself in the highest type of manhood when a crisis arises.

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