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LESLIE, James, Canadian senator, born in Kair, Kincardineshire, Scotland, in 1786; died in Montreal, Canada, in 1873. His father, Captain James Leslie, was assistant quartermaster in Wolfe's army at the taking of Quebec. The son was educated at Aberdeen, Scotland, and was for many years a merchant in Montreal. He served with the Montreal volunteers during the war of 1812, and remained attached to the service till 1862, when he retired with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Mr. Leslie represented Montreal in the Lower Canada assembly from 1824 until the union of the provinces, and Vercheres from 1844 till 1848, when he was called to the legislative council, of which he was president from March till September, 1848. He was provincial secretary from that date until 1851, and from 1867 till his death sat in the senate.
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