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FRASER, Christopher Finlay, Canadian statesman, born in Brockville, Ont., in October 1839. Early in life he was apprenticed to a printer, but began the study of law in 1859, and was called to the bar of Upper Canada in 1865. He was first elected to the legislative assembly of Ontario for South Grenville in 1872, but was unseated on petition. He was returned for the same constituency in October 1872, reelected in 1875, represented Brockville in 1879, and again in 1883. He was appointed a member of the provincial executive council in November 1873, and was provincial secretary mad registrar from that date till April 1874" he was then appointed commissioner of public works, which office he has since retained. Mr. Fraser was instrumental in organizing the Ontario Roman Catholic league for political purposes, and has been ever since regarded as the political director of his coreligionists in that province. He is a bencher of the law society of Ontario, president of the Roman Catholic literary society of Brockville, and one of the directors of the Ontario bank.
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