Canaday, Ward Murphey

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Ward M. Canaday was a Toledo (Ohio) community leader and chairman of the Board and president of Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. Brother of Frank Canaday, advertising business executive for U.S. Advertising Corporation and Willys-Overland Motors, Inc.

Born in Indiana in 1885, Ward M. Canaday received his B.A. at Harvard University in 1907. He then worked in advertising, pioneering the time payment plan. As advertising director of Willys-Overland in Toledo, Ohio, he organized the U.S. Advertising Corporation and also the Dealers' Finance Company that later merged with Commercial Credit Company (Baltimore, Maryland), of which he was a director. Interested in housing, he promoted passage of the National Housing Act in 1933 and served as the assistant administrator and director of public relations of the Federal Housing Administration. In 1936, he reorganized Willys-Overland and eventually worked hs way up to become its president, from 1950-1963. Active in World War II committees, he also developed and built the military car known as "Jeep." He served in the Toledo community, including trusteeships at the Toledo Museum of Art and at the University of Toledo. He was instrumental in developing the University of Toledo's nuclear engineering department and in constructing the Engineering Science Building there in 1960. He served as trustee and president of the American School of Athens, Greece and took an active role in the support of archaeological expeditions in that country. In 1979, the newly-constructed special collections department of the University of Toledo Libraries, where he had served as president of the Friends, was named in his honor.

From the description of Ward M. Canaday collection, 1902-1991. (University of Toledo). WorldCat record id: 35902405

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creatorOf Catholic Church. Utilis confessio / edita a domino Francisco de Marronis ordinis minorum : manuscript, [between 1475 and 1500]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Single leaves from medieval manuscripts, 900-1756. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472. Elementa picturae : manuscript, [14--]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Vény, Jenny,. Autograph album : manuscript, 1841-1880. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Daniel C. Roper Papers David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Canaday, Ward Murphey. Ward M. Canaday collection, 1902-1991. University of Toledo, William S. Carlson Library
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Catholic Church. Book of hours : use of Rome : manuscript, [between 1500 and 1525]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527. Letter : to Francesco Rodulpho : 1500 Apr. 1. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472. Ex ludis rerum mathematicarum : manuscript, [14--]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Canaday Hall (Cambridge, Mass.). Letters presented to Ward M. Canaday at the dedication of Canaday Hall. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museum Archives
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
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associatedWith Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472. person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Canaday, Frank H. (Frank Harrison), 1892 or 3-1976. person
associatedWith Canaday Hall (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Canaday, Mariam Coffin, 1883-1974. person
associatedWith Canaday, Molly Morpeth, 1903-1971. person
associatedWith Canaday, Ward Murphey, 1885-1976. person
associatedWith Catholic Church. corporateBody
correspondedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
correspondedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527. person
associatedWith Roper, Daniel C. (Daniel Calhoun), 1867-1943 person
associatedWith Spitzer, Doreen Canaday, 1914- person
associatedWith Vény, Jenny, person
associatedWith Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Jeep automobile
Automobile industry and trade


Death 1976-02-27



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