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DUNKIN, Christopher, Canadian statesman, born 24 Sept,., 1811 ; died in Montreal, 6 January 1880. He was educated at the universities of London and Glasgow, immigrated to the United States, and became a teacher of Greek at Harvard in 1834. In 1835 he gave up his tutorship and removed to Canada. He edited the Montreal "Morning Chronicle" from May 1837, until the following summer, and on the consummation of the union of Upper and Lower Canada he received an appointment under the government, which he retained until May 1847. He also studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Lower Canada in 1846. In 1857 he was elected to parliament for Drummond and Arthabaska, which he represented until 1861, when he was defeated. In 1862 he was elected for Brome, and was reelected by acclamation at the general election in 1868. In 1867 he became provincial treasurer of Quebec, and in 1869 entered the Dominion cabinet as minister of agriculture and statistics, holding this portfolio until 1871, when he was appointed puisne judge of the superior court of Quebec. He was a member of the council of public instruction from 1856 till 1859. and was also a lieutenant colonel in the Montreal light infantry. During his parliamentary career he was the means of securing much beneficial legislation, but the measure with which he was most intimately connected bears his name, and is known as the" Dunkin Temperance Act of 1864."
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