John Jolly, Toronto manager of the Hamilton Steamboat Company has attained a good standing in the marine world through energy and innate business qualifications which make him eminently fitted to occupy such a position of responsibility as he now holds. There is no doubt that his proverbial affability of temper has also had its share in his success, for there is no more popular man connected with a steamboat company on the whole line of the lakes. For the first six years of his career he was a commercial traveller, only abandoning that line of work to take an important situation with the Grand Trunk Railroad of Canada, which he held for seven years, resigning in 1894 to accept a post which the Hamilton Steamboat Company offered him, that of local manager at Toronto.
Mr. Jolly is a native of Canada, and was born in Prince Albert (now Port Perry), Ont., on August 15, 1866. In 1892 he was married to Miss Maud Playter, one of the belles of Woodbridge, Ont., who is as popular among the ladies as Mr. Jolly is among the men. In politics he is a strong Liberal, and is not ashamed to avow his principles.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.