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COCKBURN, Alexander Peter (ko'-burn), Canadian merchant, born in Finch, Stormont, Ontario, 7 April, 1837. He was educated in his native town, and became a merchant and forwarder. He represented North Victoria in the Ontario assembly from 1867 till 1871, and has represented Muskoka in the house of commons since 1872. While in parliament he labored successfully to promote a vigorous policy for the development of the northern districts by the construction of railways and roads, in conjunction with a liberal land policy for actual settlers. Since 1865 he has written extensively on the subject. His publications include "A Few Weeks in the North," the "Settler's Guide," and the "Tourist's Guide" (1868).
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