Robert Rennie

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Robert Rennie
Born1862-12-15
DiedDecember 17, 1949(1949-12-17) (aged 86)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
OccupationBusinessman, general, philatelist

'Major General Robert Rennie CB CMG DSO MVO VD (December 15, 1863 - December 17, 1949) was the son of William Rennie, the founder of Rennie Seeds, a successful wholesaler and retailer of both vegetable and floral seeds, and Sarah Glendinning. [1] [2] William retired in 1888, and Robert and two younger brothers John and Thomas took over management of the firm. Robert served as the firm's President until he retired in 1925, when Thomas became President.

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Robert joined a reserve militia unit, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada in 1880. [1] [3] He distinguished himself as a marksman, representing Canada on the Bisley Team on three occasions and receiving several medals and prizes for his marksmanship. In 1887 he was promoted to the rank of provisional second lieutenant. By 1914, when World War One began, Rennie was a lieutenant colonel, and commanded the third battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. During the war he was promoted to brigadier general, and was promoted to major general on September 16, 1921

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Robert ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada, for the Federal riding of North Toronto after he stepped down from the family firm. [1]

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In 1946 Robert and his younger brother Thomas filed objections when Jaroslav Racek filed a request to change his name to Gilbert Rennie. [1] Racek was a naturalized Canadian of Czech descent, who had lived in Canada for twenty-one years. McCutcheon suggested their objections were motivated by bigotry.

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Thomas and Robert Rennie filed objections that were couched in legal principles but were actually based, according to the lawyer for the Rennie brothers, upon the notion that people of foreign descent should not be allowed to assume the proud Scottish name of Rennie.

Robert had been a stamp collector, while at the family firm. [1] [3] Since it was a mail order firm there was lots of opportunity to save exotic stamps. When the value of his portfolio dropped, following the 1929 stock market crash, Robert gradually liquidated his extensive collection of valuable stamps.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 John McCutcheon (2007). "The William Rennie Seed Company: A Corporate History". Wilfrid Laurier University . Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  2. "William Rennie". Dictionary of Canadian Biography . Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  3. 1 2 "Rennie, Robert". The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada . Retrieved 2015-05-02. By 1914 he was a Lieutenant Colonel. He was the original commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion CEF and led them at the Second Battle of Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy.