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ROSS, George William, Canadian statesman, born near Nairn, Middlesex County, Ont., 18 September, 1841. His family came from Ross-shire, Scotland, in 1832. He was educated at his native place and at the Toronto normal school, and taught from 1857 till 1871, when he was appointed inspector of public schools for the county of Lambton. He was active in the movement for the creation of county model schools, and did much to perfect them when they were established, preparing the syllabus of lectures, and serving for a time as inspector of model schools. He was a member of the central committee of examiners from 1876 till 1880. Mr. Ross was elected to the Dominion parliament in 1872, re-elected by acclamation in 1874, and chosen again in 1878 and 1882, but he was unseated in October, 1883, for bribery by agents during his canvass. He was appointed minister of education for Ontario, 23 November, 1883, elected to the legislative assembly of Ontario, 15 December, 1883, and re-elected in 1886. Mr. Ross has been for many years active in the temperance and prohibitory movements in Canada. He was an honorary commissioner at the Colonial and Indian exhibition in London, England, in 1885. He has edited the Strathroy "Age" and the Seaforth "Expositor," and was also one of the conductors of the " Ontario Teacher." Mr. Ross studied law, and obtained the degree of LL. B. from Albert university in 1879, but never practised.
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