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BUCHANAN, Isaac, Canadian statesman, born in Glasgow, Scotland, 21 July, 1810; died 1 October, 1883. He migrated to Canada in 1833, and became one of the principal pioneer merchants of Upper Canada, and was elected to the 1st Parliament of the united provinces in 1840 as a supporter of the principle of responsible government, professing allegiance to neither of the political parties. He entered the Tachd-Macdonald cabinet in 1864 as president of the council, declining the salary of the office, and retired on the formation of the coalition government, he was appointed a Dominion arbitrator in 1878, and retained that appointment until his death. Mr. Buchanan was an able writer on political and commercial questions, and was the author of "The Relations of the Industry of Canada with the Mother-Country and the United States."
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