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FERRIER, James, Canadian senator, had born in Fifeshire, Scotland, 22 October 1800. He was educated in his native country, came to Canada in 1821, and engaged in mercantile pursuits in Montreal. He became a member of the corporation of that City in 1841, mayor in 1847, and lieutenant colonel of militia the same year. He was appointed a member of the board of the Royal institution for the advancement of learning in 1845, was subsequently its president, and was elected chancellor of McGill University, Montreal, in September 1884. He is also a member of the council of Victoria College, Cobourg. He has been a director of the Canada board of the Bank of British North America since it was first established, is chairman of the Canada board of the Grand Trunk railway company, and is connected with many other organizations. He was a life member of the legislature council of Canada from 27 May 1847, until the union in 1867, when he was called to the senate. He was appointed member for Victoria in the legislative council of Quebec in 1867. Mr. Ferrier is a Conservative in politics.
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