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Ward Murphey Canaday

advertising , housing financing

Ward Murphey Canaday, advertising, housing financing, automobile manufacturer company executive. Decorated commander Order of Orange Nassau; Grand Cross Order of Phoenix (Greece); named honorary citizen City of Athens (Greece); recipient Eloy Alfaro medal, Cross Eloy Alfaro.


Canaday, Ward Murphey was born on December 12, 1885 in New Castle, Indiana, United States. Son of Miles Murphey and Sarah Helena (Smith) Canaday.


Student of University Colorado, 1903-1905. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1907. Doctor of Laws, Toledo U., 1945.

Doctor of Humanities Wooster (Ohio) College, 1967.


1 daughter, Doreen Damaris (Mistress Lyman Sptizer, Junior). Advertising manager Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet Company, New Castle, 1907-1916. Pioneered time payment plan, 1907.

Advertising manager to director Willys-Overland Company, Toledo, 1916-1921, Chairman of the Board Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. (now Overland Investment Corporation), 1936-1946, chairman finance committee, 1946-1953, Chairman of the Board, from 1949, president, 1950-1963. Director State St. Research & Management Company, Boston.

Assistant in organization 1st automobile credit company, 1917. Organizer United States Advertising Corporation, Toledo, 1921, president, from 1921. Organizer Dealers’ Finance Company (automobile), 1925, later merging with Commercial Credit Company, Baltimore, director, until 1961.

Appointed chairman organization representative group Toledo bank depositors during crisis 1933. Promoted passage National Housing Act, 1933. Assistant administrator, director public relations Federal Housing Administration, 1933, 35.


Member War Industries Board, Non-War Construction Division, World War I. Member board National Industrial Cont. Board Board of directors Toledo Area Medical College and Foundation, Fund for Peaceful Atomic Development.

Member American Ordnance Association (director). Clubs: Toledo Country, Inverness Country, Harvard (Toledo).


Married Mariam Louise Coffin, June 15, 1912.

Miles Murphey Canaday

Sarah Helena (Smith) Canaday

Mariam Louise Coffin