Samuel McLaughlin

1871 – 1972   Industrialist, Athlete, Soldier, Philanthropist

Born in Ontario, McLaughlin began working in his father’s carriage shop. He opened one of the first Canadian automobile companies, the McLaughlin Motor Car Co, in 1907. In 1918, he became President of General Motors of Canada. He was an athlete, competing in cycling and sailing and was an equestrian champion; he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1963. McLaughlin was a generous philanthropist, donating heavily to the Boy Scouts, the Royal Ontario Museum, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and York University. McLaughlin was awarded one of the first Orders of Canada, in 1967.

Cedar Lodge No, 270, Oshawa, Ontario


“One grade only, and that the best.”