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MORRICE, David, Canadian merchant, born in St. Martin, Perthshire, Scotland, 11 August, 1829. He was educated in his native town, afterward gained a knowledge of mercantile affairs, and in 1855 emigrated to Canada. He was subsequently engaged in business in Toronto for several years, and in 1863 settled permanently in Montreal, and established a firm that has attained wide reputation. It has wholesale warehouses in Montreal and Toronto, and controls about forty cotton and woollen-mills in different parts of the country. Mr. Morrice is chairman of the board of management of the Presbyterian college at Montreal, and, in addition to contributing freely to its support and endowment, he erected for the college in 1882, at a cost of $80,000, a convocation hall, library, dining-hall, and additional dormitories for students. In 1876-'7 he also contributed liberally to the erection of the Crescent street Presbyterian church, one of the costliest religious edifices in the city. He has also given liberally to the Young men's Christian association, the General hospital, the Sailors' institute, House of refuge, and similar institutions.
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