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McKELLAR, Archibald, Canadian member of parliament, born in Glenshire, Argyleshire, Scotland, 3 February, 1816. His parents came to Upper Canada in 1817, and settled in Aldborough. Archibald was educated at Geneva, New York, and at the high-school in Niagara, and afterward engaged in farming and lumbering. He had been a member of the Kent county council for fifteen years, when, in 1857, he was elected to parliament for that constituency, and he continued its representative till 1867, when he was elected to the provincial parliament for Bothwell, which he represented in 1867-'75. During the last four years of his political life he was commissioner of public works, minister of agriculture and 'emigration, and provincial secretary. He carried through parliament the charters for the Southern and the Erie and Huron railways, and aided in establishing Ontario college of agriculture. In 1875 he became sheriff of Wentworth county, which office he still holds.
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