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MACFARLANE, Alexander, lawyer, born in Wallace, Nova Scotia, 17 June, 1818. After receiving an education from private tutors he studied law, was called to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1844, and acquired a large practice. He was in the Nova Scotia legislature from 1856 until the union of 1867. In 1865 he became a member of the executive council of the province, and holds rank and precedence as such by patent from the queen. He was one of the delegates from Nova Scotia to the colonial conference in London to complete the terms of union in 1866-'7, and in the latter year was appointed queen's counsel. On 10 October, 1870, he was called to the senate. In politics he is a Conservative, and his speeches in the senate have been marked by dignity and breadth of view.
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