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CHRISTIE, David, statesman, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in October, 1818. He was graduated at Edinburgh high school, and removed to Canada in 1833. He was sworn of the privy council, 7 November, 1873, and was secretary of state from that date until 9 January, 1874, when he was appointed speaker of the senate, which office he held until October, 1878. During the illness of Lieut.-Governor Crawford in 1875 he was appointed administrator of the government of Ontario for a short period, but was not sworn in in consequence of the death of the lieutenant governor. In May, 1867, he was called to the senate. Mr. Christie has been president of the Agricultural association of Upper Canada, of the new Agricultural and arts association of Ontario, of the Dominion council of agriculture, and of the American short-horn breeders' association. He sat for many years in the senate of Toronto university.
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