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IRVING, Jacob Aemilius, Canadian statesman, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 29 January, 1797; died at Niagara Falls, 7 October, 1856. He was the son of Jacob Aemilius Irving, of Ironshore, Jamaica, and of Liverpool. The son entered the British army at an early age, served with the 13th light dragoons through the Waterloo campaign, and was wounded in the action of 18 June, 1815. On his return to England he was presented with the freedom of the city of Liverpool in recognition of his gallant conduct and services in the war. In 1834 he came to Canada, and in 1887 aided in suppressing the rebellion on the Niagara frontier. When the municipal system was introduced he was selected as first warden for the district of Simcoe. In 1843 he became a member of the legislative council, and, identifying himself with the Liberal party, took part in the struggle with Lord Metcalf.
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