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CATHCART, Charles Murray, governor of Canada, born in England, 21 December, 1783; died there, 16 July, 1859. He was educated at Eton, and at the age of fifteen entered the army as an ensign. He served on the continent under the Duke of Wellington, and at the battle of Waterloo, where he led several charges, three horses were killed under him. He succeeded his father as second Earl Cathcart, in 1843, was appointed commander-in-chief of the troops in British North America in 1845, and on the retirement of Lord Metcalfe in 1846, he assumed the civil government as well. A year later he resigned his military command, returned to England, and was then succeeded in his civil office by Lord Elgin. Subsequently he was appointed to the command of the Northern and Midland district of England, which post he retained until 1854. He also served on various commissions and was for several years a member of parliament.
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