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BROWN, Adam, Canadian merchant, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 3 April, 1826. He was educated in his native, City and in Montreal, to which place the family had immigrated in 1833. After passing through various grades in the mercantile service he accepted, in 1850, a place in the firm of Donald McInnes, in Hamilton, Ontario. Subsequently he became a partner in the wholesale grocery house of W. P. McLaren, m the same City, and still later principal of the firm of Brown, Gil-lespie & county Mr. Brown has been president of the dominion board of trade, and is also president or director of various railways, besides holding many other offices of honor and responsibility.
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