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McMICKEN, Gilbert, Canadian member of parliament, born in Wigtonshire, Scotland, in 1813. He came to Canada in 1832, was for many years a resident of the Niagara district, and held several municipal offices there. He represented Welland county in the legislative assembly of Canada from 1857 till 1861, was stipendiary magistrate for Canada West during the civil war in the United States, and was specially thanked by Lord Monk for the efficient discharge of his duties. During the Fenian excitement he was commissioner of police for the Dominion, and contributed to the repulse of the raiders in 1870. After his removal to Manitoba he performed a similar service in connection with the contemplated Fenian attack oil Fort Garry during Lieutenant-Governor Archibald's term. He had charge of the Dominion hind-office in Manitoba from the time it was opened, and held the office of assistant receiver-general and other posts till he was retired in 1877. Mr. McMicken represented Cartier as a Conservative in 1880-'2. He patented two important inventions in telegraphy in 1847, and was the first to span Niagara river with a telegraph-wire.
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