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RUSSELL, Alexander Jamieson, Canadian engineer, born in Glasgow, Scotland. 29 April, 1807. He settled with his parents in 1822 in Megantic county, Can., where his father was crown-lands agent. The son became deputy provincial surveyor in 1829, entered the commissariat department in 1880, served for two years on the construction of the Rideau canal, and afterward was engaged during eight years in the work of the department at Quebec. He resigned in 1841, and became civil engineer in charge of public works in the maritime counties of Lower Canada, where for five years he projected and constructed roads and bridges. In 1846 he was transferred to the crown timber office at Ottawa to settle differences between lumbermen, and to grant licenses to cut timber on Ottawa river and its tributaries. Afterward the collection of the timber revenues and the inspection of the other crown timber agencies in Lower and Upper Canada were added to his duties. He has published a geographical work (Ottawa, 1869).
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